TCR 3.30 (Fall 2016) LAUNCH
Friday, December 2, 7-10pm
281 Industrial Avenue (downstairs)
READERS: Juliane Okot Bitek // listen chen // kevin martins mcpherson eckhoff // Dallas Hunt // Shazia Hafiz Ramji // Sarah Riggs
This event takes place on the unceded and ancestral Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
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Juliane Okot Bitek writes poetry in Vancouver where she lives and loves and is now pretty serious about witnessing.
listen chen is a capricorn born in the year of the rabbit who lives & writes on unceded coast salish territories.
kevin martins mcpherson eckhoff hearts poetry hang outs and saying “Mmmmmm-hmm.” He’s got a few books, like easy peasy and their biography, which Emma Healey described in the Globe and Mail as “wide-ranging and [...] incredibly playful,” plus “reading it is fun even when it’s frustrating.” His very bff is Jake Kennedy, and together they guest edited the deathblow issues of dANDelion and Open Letter. Okanagan College is where he usually does his workstuff, but sometimes he acts and othertimes he hangs out with a Laurel and two boyos, cuddling at the Starlight Drive-in or dipping into Halfway Hotsprings.
Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta, Canada. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. He has had creative and critical work published in The Fieldstone Review, Decolonization: Indigeneity Education & Society, and Canadian Literature. His work looks at the intersections of Indigenous studies, urban studies, and Indigenous literature.
Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the poetry editor at Talonbooks, an interviews editor at CWILA, and co-editor of the “Intersections” issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine. Her poetry has been nominated for the 2016 National Magazine Awards and her book of poems, Cults of the Unwavering I, the title of which refers to a non-existent book referenced in a footnote in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, is forthcoming from Talonbooks.
Sarah Riggs is a writer and artist based in New York. Pomme & Granite (1913 Press) is her most recent book of poetry, and her visual work has shown in Paris (where she recently lived) and Montreal (where her mother is from). She has translated many books of French poetry, including Marie Borel’s Wolftrot with her partner Omar Berrada.
Entrance to the event space is street level, through a 4-metre-wide entry into a long gallery-type reading hall. Seating is a mix of (different kinds of) chairs and five benches that seat 5-6 people each. There is one fully-accessible stall in the bathroom. All single doors in the building (including the bathroom door and bathroom-stall door) are 34".
*Parking is scarce in the area so we recommend public-transiting, biking, or walking if feasible.