24. Parenting on the Page - The FOLD

24. Parenting on the Page

Virtual Event

Description

Hasan Namir, Julietta Singh, and S. Bear Bergman discuss the joys and challenges of parenting, and the ways that they tackle such a personal topic in unique, unexpected formats.

Date: May 7, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm ET

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Featured Speaker(s)

A photo of an Iraqi-Canadian man with short dark hair and a scruffy short dark beard. He wears a black scoop-necked shirt and stands against a beige wall.
Hasan Namir
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A biracial Indian woman sits with her back against a rough beige stone wall. She wears a purple shirt with a v-beck and has shoulder-length wavy dark hair.
Julietta Singh
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A photo of author S. Bear Bergman--a large trans man with a beard, glasses and short dark hair, wearing a dark blue vest over a light blue button-up shirt-
S. Bear Bergman
Bio
A woman of colour with shjoulder-length brown hair wears a long-sleeved white top. SHe stands against a white background and is laughing, with her right hand half covering her face.
Amil Niazi
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A photo of an Iraqi-Canadian man with short dark hair and a scruffy short dark beard. He wears a black scoop-necked shirt and stands against a beige wall.

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. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, in the film God in Pink: A Documentary, Breakfast Television Toronto, CTV Morning Live Saskatoon. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC books. He is also the author of poetry book War/Torn (2019, Book*Hug Press), children’s book The Name I Call Myself (2020, Arsenal Pulp Press) and Umbilical Cord (Book*Hug Press).

A biracial Indian woman sits with her back against a rough beige stone wall. She wears a purple shirt with a v-beck and has shoulder-length wavy dark hair.

Julietta Singh

Julietta Singh is a writer and academic whose work engages the enduring effects of colonization, current ecological crisis, and queer-feminist futures. She is the author of The Breaks (Coffee House Press, 2021), No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018) and Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke University Press, 2018). She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her family.

A photo of author S. Bear Bergman--a large trans man with a beard, glasses and short dark hair, wearing a dark blue vest over a light blue button-up shirt-

S. Bear Bergman

S. Bear Bergman is the author of nine books, founder of Flamingo Rampant press, and frequent consultant in equity and inclusion to business and government. His most recent book is Special Topics in Being a Human, out now with Arsenal Pulp Press. Bear began his work in equity at the age of 15, as a founding member of the first ever Gay/Straight Alliance and has continued to help organizations and institutions move further along the pathways to justice ever since. These days Bear spends his time making trans cultural competency interventions however he can and trying to avoid stepping on his children’s Lego.

A woman of colour with shjoulder-length brown hair wears a long-sleeved white top. SHe stands against a white background and is laughing, with her right hand half covering her face.

Amil Niazi

Amil Niazi is a freelance writer and producer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and New York Magazine. She is the showrunner and panelist for CBC’s Pop Chat.

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