With generous support from the Graduate Student Association (GSA), this is the final event of the WINTER term! We also acknowledge support from the Wilfrid Laurier University Press for sponsoring books for our readers.
ASHLEY HYND is a Métis poet who lives on the Haldimand Tract, and respects the Haudenosaunee, Anishnawbe, and Neutral Peoples' relationships with the land. Her hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes, and being consumed by conversations. She recently won the 2017 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and was a member of the 2015 KWPS Slam team. Her poetry has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and is forthcoming in Room and Prism International.
PHILLIP DWIGHT MORGAN is a first-generation Canadian writer of Jamaican heritage. His poetry and short essays have appeared in Briarpatch and Spacing magazines, the Toronto Star, the Ethnic Aisle, macleans.ca, cbc.ca, and rabble.ca. His poem “Free Trade Agreement” was runner-up for best poem in Briarpatch Magazine’s 2016 Writing from the Margins contest and his poem “Shades of America” received honourable mention for the 2016 Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Phillip views writing as an often painful process of self-examination, exploration, and liberation. He has never seen Titanic nor read any of the Harry Potter novels.
A writer from The New Quarterly: ALICIA ELLIOTT is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and child. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Macleans, Globe and Mail and many others. Her essay "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground" won Gold at the National Magazine Awards and has been published in Best Canadian Essays 2017. She was most recently the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC. She is currently Creative Nonfiction editor at The Fiddlehead, associate creative nonfiction editor at Little Fiction Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her book of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in Spring 2019.
GWEN BENAWAY is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018. A Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer's Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others.
Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7pm. There will be a Q and A session following the readings.
The event is free, and all are welcome. There will be snacks and refreshments. This event is wheelchair accessible.