Katchery Rd, Anarkali, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan
Government College where Waqas Ahmed Khawaja received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971.
Canal Bank Rd, Punjab University New Campus, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
The University of Punjab where Waqas Ahmed Khawaja obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Arts degrees in 1975 and in 1979.
(The book brings together many poetic traditions indigenou...)
The book brings together many poetic traditions indigenous to Pakistan, with 142 poems translated from seven major languages, commented, and edited by Waqas Ahmed Khawaja and Iftikhar Arif Translation
(Anger, nostalgia, evocative eroticism and amorphous love ...)
Anger, nostalgia, evocative eroticism and amorphous love for the universal characterize the poems in this collection, which range from the poet's native Pakistan to his new home in America
Waqas Ahmad Khwaja received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Government College, Lahore in 1971. Four years later, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore. He pursued his studies and obtained a Master of Arts in English degree in 1979.
In 1995, he received a Ph. D. in English and a Master of Arts degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Waqas Ahmad Khwaja started his career as an editorial assistant. From 1981 to 1982 he worked for Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States. Then, having a diploma in law, Khwaja was admitted to the High Court, Lahore, Pakistan as a lawyer. In 1984, he co-founded Writers Group, Lahore.
The author combined the post with teaching activity. So, from 1988 to 1991, he served as a visiting professor at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore and at Punjab Law College. He occupied the similar posts at the end of the 1980s and throughout the 1990s at Lahore College for Arts and Sciences, the University of Punjab, and the Income Tax Directorate of Training.
After ten years of work as an advocate, he relocated to the United States where he joined the staff of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia in 1995 as an assistant professor of English. He also taught at Emory University.
As an author, Khwaja has produced three volumes of original poetry, ‘Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum’, ‘Mariam's Lament’, ‘No One Waits for the Train’, and a literary travelogue where he shared his experience as an honorary fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Besides, he has worked on the translation of three anthologies of Pakistani literature, ‘Cactus’, ‘Mornings in the Wilderness’, and ‘Short Stories from Pakistan’. In 2011, ‘Modern Poetry of Pakistan’ consisting of the works of 44 prominent Pakistani poets was published. Khwaja was the translation editor and contributing translator of the volume. The same year, he served as a guest editor of the special issue on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.
In addition to his own books, critical articles on English, Postcolonial, Urdu, and Punjabi writers, translations from Urdu, Punjabi and other languages, Khwaja’ writing activity has been also related to work at various periodicals, including ‘Pakistan and Gulf Economist’ where he served as a special correspondent from 1983 to 1984, and at The Friday Times till 1992. He has contributed several articles to magazines and newspapers, including Nation, The Frontier Post, The Pakistan Economic Review, and News International.
Nowadays, Waqas Ahmad Khwaja lives and works in the United States. As a Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at Agnes Scott College, he holds courses in Victorian and Romantic poetry, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Creative Writing.
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"All languages should be given respect and local language should be developed through creation of new knowledge which won’t happen without research."
"If you don’t have the cultural milieu, there will be a problem, at least in poetry, if not in fiction."
"You can alienate the public in a foreign language as well as its own language. If you use a language which is understood by a few people, you become less relevant socially and politically."
Waqas Ahmad Khwaja is a member of the Modern Language Association of America.
Waqas Ahmad Khwaja married Maryam W. Khurshid on November 2, 1978. The family produced four children named Fatima, Omer, Maham, and Murtaza.