New Reimagine Resident: Laboni Islam

We're excited to launch our eighth Reimagine Resident! Poet Laboni Islam will be writing about the history of Jane Austen's muslin shawl.

Laboni Islam was born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Light Years (Baseline Press, 2022) and Trimming the Wick (ignitionpress, 2023). Laboni serves as an arts educator in gallery and community spaces and creates curriculum resources for organizations that advance the Global Goals.

Visit her website to read some of her work!

Project: Laboni is curious about the muslin shawl, believed to have been worked by Jane Austen.  Through research and poetry, she will trace one possible history of the shawl, from a plant growing along the banks of a river in Bengal to Jane’s world.

Laboni’s poems will be displayed in the House alongside the shawl and will be available to read online.

*Update* February 2024: Laboni’s beautiful poem sequence is now available to read at the House or online. Find out more!

Follow Laboni’s project and find out more about our Creatives in Residence on our Reimagine Residents hub.