With generous support from the Graduate Student Association (GSA), this is the first event of the fall term! We also acknowledge support from the Wilfrid Laurier University Press for sponsoring books for our readers.
Leonarda Carranza is a writer of Indigenous, African and European ancestry. She lives in Brampton, Ontario by way of El Salvador. In her writing, she draws on experiences of migration, loss and unbelonging. She holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where her research examined the experience of racial injury through shaming. Her writing has been published in Room, The New Quarterly and the FOLD. Her essay “Tongues” is part of Room Magazine’s first women of colour edition and two of her essays will appear in Best Canadian Essays 2017.
She is our reader from The New Quarterly.
Soraya Peerbaye has over 20 years of experience in the field of arts, arts management and cultural policy and program development. She was the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council, and prior to that the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a long-time advocate for artists of colour and diasporic artistic and cultural practices. She has worked with a wide range of independent dance artists and companies, and was the producer of the inaugural Body Percussion Festival (Artistic Director: Vivien Moore); she also co-founded the Verde Viento Collective to support contemporary explorations in flamenco. As a consultant, she has also supported strategic planning, outreach initiatives, and field mapping projects for the dance sector. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from York University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Guelph University.
Peerbaye was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award in 2010 for her poetry collection Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, and for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2016 for Tell: poems for a girlhood. She won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2016 for Tell.
Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, and selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.” Cannibal was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Sinclair’s other honours include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as the Amy Clampitt Residency Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation, New England Review, Boston Review, Oxford American, the 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, and elsewhere.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m. 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.