Nasreen Pejvack is a published author, with her novel Amity published by Inanna Publications in October of 2015. Soon after, she was a finalist with the novel for BC’s 2016 Ethel Wilson Book Prize. Reviews of the book can be found at newcanadianmedia.ca and on Goodreads.
Following that successful novel, she is now presenting short tales inspired by her experiences of life in Canada in Paradise of the Downcasts. She also has a book of poetry, Waiting.
Nasreen’s other hobby is the research, design, development and presentation of a variety of workshops on various aspects of our society. Learn more at Examine-Consider-Act.ca.
Prior to writing, Nasreen studied computer programming at Algonquin College and worked in the field for over 11 years (Programmer, Application Developer). She then moved to California to work as a Systems Analyst/Project Manager for CNet during the tech boom of the 1990s.
After several years she returned to Canada and BC, where she left the IT field and decided to start a new chapter in her life, studying and working as a counselor and educator, while pursuing a degree in Psychology. This interval of her life took another 12 years of acquired knowledge, observation, and thereafter implementation.
From 2014 she is only writing and applying her life learning and experiences to develop her characters, in novels, short tales and her poems.
There is so much we all know about the damages we do to the world around us and those living in it. Dismayed, we feel inspired to do something about it. That is still not enough. We must then take the next step and do the work to reveal the injustices of the world and to find solutions. I took that step with my novel Amity where I portrayed the devastations inflicted on people by war and conflict. Now, with the knowledge gained from over thirty years of life in Canada, a country clearly better than many in providing a safe and prosperous place to live, I herein write about what I have seen here that shows we still have much work to do before we can justify saying "we have the best standard of living in the world." - Nasreen Pejvac
"Ms. Pejvack hones in to the deeper stratas of life in Canada to uncover prevailing patterns of economic and political dysfunction. In this eclectic collection she succeeds in delivering an exposé of human injustice in Canada perpetrated by systems designed to undermine and subjugate. Her characters tell poignant tales of imposed and unsubstantiated struggle with resultant suffering, directly connected to cumbersome and outdated agencies, and to favoritism for the wealthy and powerful. Couched in complex human relationships, she shines the spotlight on government polices designed to create and maintain inequality. Particularly for indigenous peoples, they go so far as to promote a state of poverty for those who want only to live a decent life. She is bold and declarative and is to be applauded for giving definition to truths about the larger global picture that most are reluctant to acknowledge. Policy makers would do well to read these narratives." -Patricia A. Donahue, author of the Mighty Orion Trilogy
Humanity is at a crossroads. Nasreen asks in her poetry that we all embrace the love of life: "you are the power behind me, next to me you are the one who shares this world with me you are making it grow and develop you can contribute to its happiness you can make a difference or be indifferent"
"Nasreen Pejvack's Waiting is a book of strong convictions: a plea for kindness to the earth, a plea for peace, a plea not to be indifferent to refugees, the casualties of war; but also a celebration of nature and love. These poems bravely take on the evils of the contemporary world, and by naming them, set the intention of righting them." -Elizabeth Greene, author of Understories
"The poems in Waiting by Nasreen Pejvack are poignant and profound, mingling place and subjective experience into one migratory opus. To read these poems is to travel, and to return, and to never be the same after doing so." -Wayde Compton, author of Outer Harbour
Amity provides a window to the wreckage caused by wars--the destruction and displacement that leave pain and life-long psychological disorders, here specifically within the contexts of Yugoslavia's dissolution and Iran's revolution.Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist, still plagued with nightmares, meets a Ragusa, a Yugoslavian refugee whose pockets are loaded with stones as she prepares to walk into the water and end her life, a life that has become intolerable since the loss of those most dear to her.Payvand listens to Ragusa's story and Ragusa promises to postpone her suicide at least until she hears Payvand's story in turn. In a novel that strives to raise awareness about the extent to which elites manipulate nations into wars, with total disregard for the lives of millions like Payvand and Ragusa, it is the warmth of personal relationships and friendships forged that are key to healing.