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Harris Khalique (Urdu: حارث خلیق) (born 20 October 1966) is a critically acclaimed poet in Urdu and English, essayist, columnist, and civil society leader, based in Pakistan. He has eight collections of verse and a book of creative non-fiction behind him. He also won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu).
Harris Khalique was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on 20 October 1966 to a writer-filmmaker father, Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, and a writer-teacher mother, Hamra Khalique.
Harris attended Public School Karachi Cantt., D.J. Sindh Government Science College. Later, pursued mechanical engineering from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. He did MA from London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
Harris Khalique has actively participated in social, labour, women and minority rights movements and community development in voluntary and professional capacities.
He was the Chief Executive of Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), Pakistan's largest rights-based organization.
Harris is currently the Team leader of ‘AAWAZ – Voice and Accountability Programme’, a project of Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), a private development company, focusing on the rights of women and excluded groups in Pakistan.
Harris Khalique is a critically acclaimed poet in Urdu and English, whose work has been translated into Arabic, English, French, German, Romanian and Spanish. He has also composed a few poems in Punjabi.
In 2004, he published collection of English poetry, Between You and Your Love, which was revised in 2014. In 2013, he won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu).
Harris is a prolific essayist and columnist, too, contributing regularly to newspapers and magazines in Pakistan and abroad for more than twenty- five years, including a weekly column in The News International for eight years.
- Melay Mein (Urdu, 2012). ISBN 978-969-419-044-0
- Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu, 2006). ISBN 969-419-023-1
- Between you and your love (English, 2004, Revised and Expanded, 2012)
- Purani Numaish (Urdu, 2001)
- Saray Kaam Zaroori Thay (Urdu, 1997). ISBN 969-441-019-3
- 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). ISBN 969-516-065-4
- 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)
Anthologies where some work appeared
- 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