Naima Rashid is an author, poet and literary translator. Her first book was "Defiance of the Rose" (Oxford University Press, 2019), a translation of selected verses by late Urdu poet Perveen Shakir. Her forthcoming works include a joint translation of 'Zizanies' by Clara Schulmann with other translators (Les Fugitives, 2022) and 'Naulakhi Kothi' by Ali Akbar Natiq (Penguin Random House India, 2023) as well as her own fiction and poetry. Her works and views have been widely published in online and print journals including Asymptote, Poetry Birmingham, Lunate, Wild Court, The Scores, The Aleph Review and Lucy Writers' Platform.
She was longlisted for the National Poetry Competition 2019. Her fiction will be included in the Best Small Fictions anthology (Sonder Press, 2022). She is a member of the UK-based translation collective, Shadow Heroes, which teaches young people to embrace all sides of their heritage through translation workshops across different languages. She has previously taught French as a foreign language and French literature at the linguistic wings of the French Consulates in Lahore and Jeddah and at Kinnaird College, Lahore.
Learning both English and Urdu at school, and teaching French after university, Naima Rashid initially felt dislocated from her “mother tongue” and land. But, on reading Urdu again, she’s discovered it’s ‘the space between languages’ that feels like home.