Beyond the Food Court: An Anthology of Literary Cuisines: The authors of this book are all writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds that call Edmonton home. The reading is a selection of short parts from five of the contributors, each with a musing on foods found here and in their homeland. Enjoy this with a mix of international spices and accompanying recipes.
Whether we’re writing memoir, fiction, or reported non-fiction, our ability and willingness to confront our own bias and privilege informs the quality, richness, and intellectual rigour of our work. Editor and journalist Lauren McKeon knows that recognizing bias is a messy and often uncomfortable task. It involves talking—and, more importantly, listening—to people who have different lived experiences than we do, and being deeply honest about our own assumptions, experiences, and shortcomings. In this 90-minute workshop, McKeon discusses strategies for tackling bias in our research and writing, and how to intentionally hold space for diverse voices. The author also talks about how she learns from each project, and why recognizing privilege and bias is constant, ever-evolving, and always worthwhile work. With host Anya Zoledziowski. Want to buy the book? Find it here. Lauren McKeon’s critically acclaimed first book, F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, was a finalist for the Kobo […]
If “the poem does not start until you start to tell the truth” then a poet’s work is to be relentless in the search for that truth both on and off the page. This workshop is an excavation into the bone, into the truth, to write poems from the depth of our personal experiences. Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, the workshop will ask, “Who am I?”, “What do I want to say?”, "Why does my story matter?" and “What is my responsibility to myself and to the audience in telling my story?” To maintain accessibility for all audiences, a limited number of free or by-donation tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through our Community Access Ticket Program. If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com. In collaboration with Edmonton Poetry Festival.
Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. In conversation with host Jesse Lipscombe. This event is presented by STARfest.