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Namir, Allen, Marques, La Mackerel
May 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
– Hasan Namir
Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail.
– Lillian Allen
Poet. Educator. Spoken Word Performer. Two time JUNO Award winner and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub poetry, Allen artistically explores the aesthetics of old and new sounds in music to create her distinctive leading edge brand of Canadian reggae with new world sounds in her poetry recordings, with her powerful reggae dub poetry/spoken word recordings including her latest single Woken & Unbroken (2018).
– Irene Marques
Irene Marques is a bilingual writer (writing in English and Portuguese) and Lecturer at Ryerson University. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and a Bachelor of Social Work (Ryerson University). Her creative writing publications include the poetry collections Wearing Glasses of Water, The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit and The Circular Incantation: An Exercise in Loss and Findings and the novels My House is a Mansion, Uma casa no Mundo and Daria.
– Kama La Mackerel
Named after the god of love, Kama La Mackerel is a multilingual writer, visual artist, performer, translator and educator who believes in love, compassion and justice. Their work ventures beyond the borders of disciplinarity and creates hybrid spaces from which to enunciate decolonial and queer vocabularies. Wholeheartedly invested in ocean narratives, island sovereignty, transgender poetics and ancestral healing, their body of work challenges colonial notions of time and space as these relate to history, power, language, subject formation and the body.