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Holi: Spring Festival of Colours March 8, 2023 – Posted in: Readings & Excerpts

From Mattress Makers, by Sasenarine Persaud. May there always be spring in our eyesand fingers, feet: pink ixoras, red hibiscusmauve madar—green buds everywhere Even live oaks’ allergenic dust coating everythingyellow, golden gainda, daddy said, not marigoldspani re pani tera rang kaisa—is it rain—or Water what is your colour? Or plucked stingsMukesh mixing easily with jhaals chimingfrom UP: Holi Khele Raghuvira Awadh Mein May we sing for a thousand years—more—chowtals, olaras—Mamas crafting coconut gojiasdholaks in arteries, hearts,…

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Thanksgiving November 24, 2022 – Posted in: Readings & Excerpts

From Mattress Makers by Sasenarine Persaud, forthcoming from Mawenzi House. Sun dances through clear-glass doorflagged by palm fronds wavingwebbed arms to bladed bananaLeaf-shadows lounging on fence—a morning thief dropping red petalson clipped lawn Indian orchid heartsrolling wind circumambulatingmy south and yours warm jamunleaves gyrating on weathered paling

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Toronto International Festival of Authors: Searching for Eastman October 5, 2021

Poet, playwright and performer charles c. smith unveils an evocative programme of theatrical storytelling from the wind in the leaves collective, a dynamic and diverse group of accomplished and passionate artists. smith’s latest work, Searching for Eastman: A Performance Poem, is a multidisciplinary performance in four acts, based on the interpretation of four of Julius Eastman’s compositions through poetry, theatre, music, dance, video and digital. Don’t miss this multi-disciplinary interpretation of the life and work of…

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In Our Tongues: TITILOPE SONUGA, YOLANDE LAROCHE (MAL/AIMÉ) AND JOSEPH A.DANDURAND September 24, 2021

In Our Tongues is the first reading series in Ottawa specifically dedicated to showcasing, nurturing and advancing Black, Indigenous and People of Colour who are poets, writers, musicians and other artists, including those with different abilities, across the gender spectrum, and from both English and French-speaking communities. TITILOPE SONUGA Titilope is a Nigerian writer, poet, playwright, and performer whose work grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness and womanhood.…

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searching for eastman book launch, Sept 28, 7pm Continue reading...

Toronto Lit Up book launch: “searching for eastman” by charles c. smith

Celebrate the book launch of “searching for eastman”! About this event Mark your calendars for the Toronto Lit Up launch of the highly anticipated choreo-poem “searching for eastman”! On the evening of September 28, you are invited to participate in a lively conversation featuring author charles c. smith and performers Shannon Litzenberger, Michael Mortley, Bakari Lindsay, and Morgyn Aronyk-Schell.

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Reminder on the Path Book Launch Sept 29, 7pm Continue reading...

Reminders on the Path: Book Launch & Celebration September 14, 2021

Celebrate the launch of Reminders on the Path with poetry, storytelling & song! Seven years after the publication of Firesmoke, Sheniz Janmohamed returns with her third collection of poetry, Reminders on the Path. The poet is wayfarer, exploring the path we inherit and seek out, that disappears with every step we take on it. Settle in for a cosy autumnal evening of poetry, storytelling and song as we celebrate the launch of Reminders on the Path! Readings will…

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5 CARIBBEAN CANADIAN AUTHORS TO KNOW Continue reading...

5 CARIBBEAN CANADIAN AUTHORS TO KNOW February 25, 2021 – Posted in: Highlights

Olive Senior is the Toronto-based Jamaican author of 18 works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. Her widely taught, widely translated works have won her many awards, including the Matt Cohen Award, the Musgrave Medal, and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Her stories, set in rural and urban Jamaica, are celebrated for their humour and musicality, haunting use of history and folklore, and rich characters, many of them children coming to terms with…

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