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Serai is a Persian word which means 'resting place' or a 'place of transience' for a traveler. Founded in 1986, Montreal Serai is an arts magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and reviews of film, music, art, exhibitions, theater and dance.

Its primary focus is to create a social awareness about the existence and growth of newer communities in Quebec, Canada and the world. New Arts, New Communities are about the emerging presence of creative individuals and peoples that do not come from the traditional majority.

Bringing the Margins to the Center is a statement of our intent to counteract exclusion, separation, and marginalization when they occur in the arts and in society at large. Along with our theater group of the same name, the Serai collective strives to promote works that are not exclusively franco, anglo, allo -- works that reflect and assert the diverse world we live in.

se·ra·i Pronunciation Key (s-rä, -r) n.
pl. se·ra·is car·a·van·sa·ry

Pronunciation Key (kr-vns-r) also car·a·van·se·rai (-r) n. pl. car·a·van·sa·ries, also car·a·van·se·rais

In both senses also called serai.

An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.

A large inn or hostelry.

(Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.)

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