Meeta Kaur is the Managing Editor of the Sikh Love Stories Project, a story-telling project that reveals the inner lives of Sikh American women and men exploring love in revolutionary ways. She is a creative writer who is committed to the literary arts and the power of stories. Kaur has written for NPR, Hyphen Magazine, Sikh Chic and Asian Week. Kaur was also awarded the Hedgebrook Residency for fiction and The Elizabeth George grant for fiction. She graduated with an MFA in creative writing from Mills College, and is currently exploring gender identities, community building, and the issues that impact Sikhs in America through essays. Kaur loves spending time with her family, cooking, swimming, traveling, and exploring her spirituality through writing and with her family.
"Her Name is Kaur pushes past the boundaries of romance to
illuminate the love at the very heart of faith. In this
groundbreaking book, Meeta Kaur has gathered a diverse and fresh
group of stories of growing up Sikh and redneck, Sikh and queer,
Sikh and daydreaming, Sikh and heartbroken, Sikh and deeply
beloved. Whether discussing the everyday (mother-in-law conflicts)
or the taboo (mental illness), these women writers share colorful,
intense, and engaging adventures that range from Los Altos to
Toronto to Chandigarh. This collection deserves a place on the
shelf of everyone interested in South Asian cultures, women of
America, and just good storytelling."
--Minal Hajratwala, author of Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents
"It's rare to find a book that makes you want to sit down and
pray with an open heart, but Her Name is Kaur does just that.
Editor Meeta Kaur has gathered in this volume exquisite stories of
how Sikh American women live their spiritual journeys, their loves,
their losses, and their triumphs. This is both an important
contribution to women's studies and a moving testimony to the power
of religious community."
--Daisy Hern ndez, author of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism "Written with honesty and courage. Her Name is Kaur is a tapestry of love, friendship, commitment, and acceptance. Meeta Kaur's book is a selection of intriguing, eloquently crafted, and heartfelt personal narratives of Sikh women who share their stories of sacrifices, expectations, and challenges and deal with the complexity of relationships from dating, marriage, and finding true love to exploring one's sexuality to discovering what it means to be a KAUR. A beautiful journey of the human spirit, self-realization, and ultimately . . . having faith."
--Harpreet Kaur, filmmaker, Sach Productions "It has been an honor to read the stories of the women in Her Name Is Kaur. So sweet and humbling is this process of unshrouding one's self and finding a sort of liberation in a community of human imperfections, shared re-membering, gendered reclamation, and revealing vulnerabilities. The stories are filling a space in my heart that I did not yet know was open to be claimed, bringing deeper meaning to Sikh sisterhood. This collection is a game-changer."
--Kirpa Kaur, Director, SAFAR and independent scholar "Her Name is Kaur is a delightful collection of narratives of second-generation Sikh women living in America. These narratives provide us with a rare window into the lived experiences of different Sikh American who are constantly striving to maintain their Sikh identity in the face of new challenges. My heartiest congratulations go to Meeta Kaur, the editor of this remarkable book, for giving us much hope and inspiration."
--Pashaura Singh, professor, Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies, University of California at Riverside "Groundbreaking. I read Her Name Is Kaur in one sitting, heart quickening at each page, tears steaming at one point, was like quenching a centuries-long thirst. The courage coursing through each story is unmistakable -- and reveals what it means to be a Kaur: with love as her moral compass, she becomes the one she is waiting for."
--Valarie Kaur, National Interfaith Leader and Founder of Groundswell "Her Name iss Kaur is a very important volume that uses the power of storytelling to amplify the voices of Kaurs, and to inspire the rest of us to gain strength from their narratives. Their stories teach us that falling in and out of love--with place, with men, with children, with God, with women, and with themselves--is a struggle on the precipice of time and eternality. Highly enjoyable for the casual reader, this book is also an indispensable resource for university classes in women's studies, religion, and immigration studies."
--Rahuldeep Singh, Assistant Professor of Religion, Director of the Center for Equality and Justice, Cal Lutheran University