Literary Resume


Harris Khalique, based in Islamabad,Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed and internationally recognisedpoet in Urdu and English. He has eight collections of verseand a book of creative non-fiction behind him. Some of his Urdu and English poems with German translation are available on the prestigious poetry website www.lyrikline.com hosted in Berlin. He has also composed a few poems in Punjabi. 


His collections of poetry, Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu) and Between You and Your Love (English) were particularly well received. He also won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu). The view from his window was sketched by celebrated Italian artist and architect, Matteo Pericoli, and included with Khalique’s corresponding write-up in a publication from Penguin US in November 2014.


Harris Khalique’sinterests straddle South Asian history and culture, politics, human rightsand international development.He has published papers and spoken to conferences and university audiences in South Asia, Europe and North America. He has contributed to newspapers and magazines in Pakistan and abroad for more than 25 years with a weekly column in The News International for eight years.


He has actively participated in social, labour, women and minority rights movements and community development in voluntary and professional capacities. Currently, working with Development Alternative Inc. (DAI) as a consultant, he is also the Team Leader of ‘AAWAZ – Voice and Accountability Programme’ focusing on the rights of women and excluded groups in Pakistan.



  • Melay Mein (Urdu, 2012)
  • Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu, 2006, Reprint 2012)
  • Between you and your love (English, 2004, Revised and Expanded, 2012)
  • Purani Numaish (Urdu, 2001)
  • Divan (English, 1998)
  • Saray Kaam Zaroori Thay (Urdu, 1997)
  • If wishes were horses (English, 1996)
  • Aaj Jab Hui Baarish (Urdu, 1991)



  • Unfinished Histories (Co-written, English, 2002)


  • The Latent Transformation: Challenges, Resilience and Successes of Pakistani Women (2011)
  • Pakistan Mein Syasi Tabdeeli Ki Simt (Co-written, Urdu, 2007)
  • Pakistan: The Question of Identity (2003)


  • Dragonfly in the Sun – 50 years of Pakistani writing in English, Oxford University Press, 1997 (ISBN 978-0195778489)
  • The Poetry of Men’s Lives, The University of Georgia Press, 2004 (ISBN 978-0820326498)
  • Language for a New Century, W.W. Norton and Co., 2008 (ISBN 978-0820326498)
  • Pakistani Urdu Verse, Oxford University Press, 2010 (ISBN 978-0195478914)
  • Windows on the World – 50 writers, 50 views, Penguin US, 2014 (ISBN 978-1594205545)


  • Vallum, Montreal, Winter 2012
  • Annual of Urdu Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Pakistani Literature, Pakistan Academy of Letters,Islamabad, multiple issues
  • The Little Magazine, New Delhi, multiple issues
  • Dunyazaad (Urdu), Karachi, multiple issues
  • Mukalma (Urdu), Karachi, multiple issues
  • Shabkhoon (Urdu), Allahabad, multiple issues

Personal information


Harris Khalique was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on 20 October 1966 to a writer-filmmaker father, Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, and a writer-teacher mother, HamraKhalique. He attended Public School Karachi Cantt., D.J. Sindh Government Science College and N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, before doing his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. He lived, worked and studied in Europe for some time before settling down in Islamabad in 2001. He is married with three children.

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