• Event Details:

  • Sunday April 22, 2018
  • 4:00 p.m. / Doors @ 3:30 p.m.
  • The Nook Café
    10153 - 97 Street
    Edmonton, AB[Map to venue]
  • Donations accepted: $5 suggested donation

Multilingual Voices - Expanding the Can Lit Canon

  • Event Details:

  • Sunday April 22, 2018
  • 4:00 p.m. / Doors @ 3:30 p.m.
  • The Nook Café
    10153 - 97 Street
    Edmonton, AB[Map to venue]
  • Donations accepted: $5 suggested donation

The Polyglot will host a poetry reading and roundtable on the topic of including multilingual poetic voices in the CanLit canon. Their event will feature readings by ten local polyglot poets, whose work is featured in our third ekphrastic issue, CanLit: Curating our Canons (Spring 2018), guest-edited by Luciana Erregue-Sacchi. After the readings, the poets will discuss questions such as: How can we better honour and support “non-official” multilingual voices in our community? How can we open up the literary canon to create an inclusive in-between space of dialogue in Canada? How can we “level the playing field” by creatively curating our own multilingual canons?

Performers

  • Adriana Onita

    Adriana Onita is the program coordinator for the Edmonton Poetry Festival and the founder of The Polyglot, a multilingual magazine of poetry and art. She writes poetry in English, Spanish, Romanian, French, and Italian. Her passion for languages has led her to pursue a PhD in second language education.

  • Ahmed Knowmadic Ali

    Award-winning poet, Ahmed Knowmadic Ali, is a full-time writer, actor, comedian, public speaker and youth worker who inspires with his dynamic, thought-provoking and humorous poetry. He is the seventh and current Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Ahmed is the co-founder and current artistic director of Edmonton’s only spoken word collective: Breath In Poetry.

  • Anna Marie Sewell

    Anna Marie Sewell Writes at prairiepomes.com. She was Edmonton’s 4th Poet Laureate (2011-13). Her works include her debut collection Fifth World Drum (Frontenac Press, 2009) and For the Changing Moon (September, Thistledown Press). Her poems incorporate the traditional language of her mother’s family, Polish and the traditional languages of her father’s family, Anishinabemowin and Lnuisi.

  • Luciana Erregue-Sacchi

    Luciana Erregue-Sacchi is a Canadian Argentinian art historian, art educator and poet. Her workshops, blog (https://spectatorcurator.wordpress.com/) and poetry (Spanish, English) address the connection between visual and literary canons, immigration, nature, memory and trauma. Luciana “lives the life ekphrastic,” thinking constantly of images. She lives in Edmonton, AB.

  • Medgine Mathurin

    Medgine Mathurin is a Haitian-born poet, psalmist and spoken word artist. Her multilingual upbringing (French, Creole, English) not only prompted her to begin experimenting with the potential and magic of language, but naturally compelled her into a deep love of poetry.

  • Nicole Lachat

    Nicole Lachat is a trilingual poet, daughter to a Peruvian mother and Swiss father. She recently completed her Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University.

  • Nisha Patel

    Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian spoken word poetry author, artist, public speaker, and writer in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the inaugural 2018 Nook Café Artist in Residence.

  • Peter Midgley

    Peter Midgley writes in both English and Afrikaans. His last collection, Unquiet Bones, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Award.

  • Pierrette Requier

    Pierrette Requier Edmonton’s 6th poet laureate (2015-2017) is a bilingual writer, (French English) an arts advocate and mentor. She has presented at festivals across Canada. Pierrette enjoys translating, collaborating across artistic disciplines as well as cross-generationally. She is interested in finding ways to create space for the potential and actual multilingual literary wealth of Canadians to emerge.

  • Yasser Abdel-Latif

    Yasser Abdel-Latif is a writer and poet from Cairo, Egypt. He has lived and worked in Edmonton, Canada since 2010. His debut novel, Law of Inheritance (2002), won the Sawiris Prize in 2005 in the young writers category. His collection of short stories, Jonah in the Belly of the Whale, won the same prize in the category of prominent writers in 2013.

Artists Appearing

Various artists