Â Yaqoob Ghaznavi was born in India, raised in Pakistan and studied in West Berlin, Germany. He has a bachelor in Math and Physics and a master in Wirtschafts-Ingenieurwesen (describing what it means is a poem itself â€“ let us say that it has nothing to do with poetry) and earns a living doing accounting and bookkeeping.
An avid reader his life long, in his sixties he got bitten by the twin passions of writing poetry and running long-distance. He is often crazy with one or the other of these obsessions.
In 1972, he immigrated to Canada with his German wife and two small children. Except for a couple of years in USA and another four years in Hong Kong, he has lived since in Toronto and Kleinburg.
Yaqoob is or has been an active member of Phoenix Poetsâ€™ Workshop (Toronto), Pelican Group (Oakville), South West Ontario Poets (Burlington), Renaissance Conspiracy Group (Toronto), The Ontario Poetry Society, Vaughan Poetâ€™s Circle (Vaughan) and Muse Co-Operative Poetry group (Toronto).
Big Pond Rumours Zine â€“ Summer 2006, Big Pond Rumours Press.
Carousel Magazine â€“ Winter 2008, University of Carousel.
Enchanted Crossroads Anthology â€“ Fall 2006,
Favorite Poems Contest Anthology â€“ December 2005, Craigleigh Press.
Myth Weavers: Canadian Myths and Legends â€“ Fall 2007, Serengeti Press.
Poetry of Love Anthology â€“ To be published in 2008, Canadian Federation of Poets.
Renaissance Reloaded Anthology â€“ Fall 2006, Aeolus House.
Street 6 â€“ Summer 2007, Serengeti Press.
Tower Poetry â€“ Winter Edition 2006-07, Tower Poetry Society Press.
Verse Afire Anthology â€“ Various issues, The Ontario Poetry Society.
Waging Change Anthology â€“ Fall 2007, Poetry Friendly Press.
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