8. Reconciliation & Resistance: Part I - The FOLD

8. Reconciliation & Resistance: Part I

A two-panel feature event with a pre-show reception and comedy by Ryan McMahon sponsored by Penguin Random House. [CC]

Session Description

How do marginalized writers reconcile with Canada’s past…and present? How do writers craft stories that resist systems of oppression? This first of two panels explores the on-going work of writers who are writing and re-writing history through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and comedy. Featuring Helen Knott, Canisia Lubrin, Jesse Thistle and Jenny Heijun Wills in conversation with Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Friday, May 1st : 8:00pm – 9:30pm EST

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Sponsored by Penguin Random House.

 

Featured Speaker(s)

HKnott
Helen Knott
Bio
CLubrin
Canisia Lubrin
Bio
JHeijunWills
Jenny Heijun Wills
Bio
JThistle
Jesse Thistle
Bio
BBelcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Bio
HKnott

Helen Knott

Helen is a Dane Zaa, Cree, and mixed Euro-descent woman from Prophet River First Nations living in Fort St. John, B.C. She has engaged in activist and artistic events across Canada, including a poetry performance at the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Awards in Montreal. Her first book, In My Own Moccasins: A Story of Struggle & Resilience, was a national bestseller and was long listed for the RBC Taylor prize.

Helen will facilitate the Nonfiction Workshop with Helen Knott and appear in Reconciliation and Resistance.

CLubrin

Canisia Lubrin

Teacher, editor, and critic, Canisia Lubrin has been published internationally, including translations into Spanish, Italian, and forthcoming in German and French. In 2019 she was Writer-In-Residence at Queen’s University and poetry faculty at Banff Centre. She’s received nominations for the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther, and others. Lubrin’s Voodoo Hypothesis was a CBC Best Book. The Dyzgraphxst (M&S) is her second book. She earned an MFA at the University of Guelph.

Canisia will facilitate Brunch N’ Learn: Breaking Down Poetry with Billy-Ray Belcourt and will appear in Reconciliation and Resistance.

JHeijunWills

Jenny Heijun Wills

Jenny Heijun Wills has lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and Seoul. Her memoir, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related won the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction. She currently teaches at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba.

Jenny is appearing in What We Found and Reconciliation & Resistance.

JThistle

Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is an assistant professor in Métis Studies at York University in Toronto. He won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. Visit him on Twitter @michifman.

Jesse is appearing in the Breakfast with Jesse Thistle, What We Found, and Reconciliation and Resistance.

BBelcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation and lives in Vancouver. He is the author of This Wound is a World (Frontenac 2017), NDN Coping Mechanisms (House of Anansi 2019), and A History of My Brief Body (Hamish Hamilton 2020).

Billy-Ray will appear in Brunch N’ Learn: Breaking Down Poetry, The Power and Politics of Prizes, and will moderate part of the discussion in Reconciliation and Resistance.

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