Led by Jillian Christmas with guest appearances from Janice Jo Lee, Nasra Adem and Anjalica Solomon, the workshops will explore the different stages of crisis and how to build writing into them. This series is not a therapy group or a substitute for professional mental health support.
Jillian Christmas is a queer, Afro-Caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC). Jillian works as an artist, educator, curator and consultant, she is the long-time spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and former artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has presented poetry and theory in a multitude of venues including the BC Civil Liberties gala, the SFU 2018 grad conference closing keynote, and numerous panels focussed on the intersections of critical race theory and contemporary art. She is the author of The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020), and the forthcoming children's book The Magic Shell (Flamingo Rampant Press 2021).
Dates: The six sessions run every other Saturday at 2pm EST on February 27, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24 and May 8. You can drop in for individual sessions or attend all six. Guest facilitator dates TBD.
Accessibility: AI-powered live transcription through Zoom will be available.
Content warning: The workshops are open to all ages, however language and content may be mature and intense for participants. Discretion is advised.
This event is consent-focused space; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before providing advice/feedback on artist work.
These workshops are hosted on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon territory, Haldimand Tract, Between the Lakes Purchase, and treaty land and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Thanks to funders: City of Kitchener, Ontario Arts Council, City of Guelph, Kitchener Waterloo Poetry Slam and Guelph Spoken Word.