Wish Come True Writers' Challenge
The Vancity Culture Lab
1895 Venables Street Vancouver BC
7:30pm Monday February 27, 2012 TONIGHT!
7:30pm Monday February 27, 2012 TONIGHT!
The Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast (AWCWC) is taking that well-quoted writers’ lament— "I wish I had more time to write"— to a competitive level. The writers are challenging themselves to write a complete, undefined body of literary work in 8 hours, on a topic given by guest artist Paul Seesequasis on the morning of the day, and to present it publically the same night.
Join us for a reading of excerpts from the freshly created writings and a reading from Tobacco Wars by Paul Seesequasis.
Joanne Arnott (Metis/mixed-blood) is author of six books, and editor of a few more. Originally from Manitoba, she has made her home in Salish territories for most of her life, and become mother to six young people through the process.
Jo’s books include Mother Time: Poems New & Selected, Steepy Mountain love poetry, and a new chapbook, the family of crow. A founding member of AWCWC, she was text editor for Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image (2011). Jo is a blogger: Joanne Arnott, Vera Manuel Tribute, Kegedonce Blog.
Francine Burning belongs to the Kenieke'haka (Mohawk: People of the Flint) Nation of the Rotinoshonni Confederacy - Turtle Clan. She returns to her home community, the Six Nations of the Grand River Indian Reservation in Southern Ontario every summer to renew her connection to her people’s lands and ceremonies. Francine is a single mother, the 3 girls ages 16, 14, & 12, and has lived in Vancouver for the past 17 years. In her second year of a Master of Arts at UBC, Francine’s writing is informed by her studies, her Indigenous mentors, life’s experiences and colonial history.
Nicola Campbell is Interior Salish and Métis and grew up in BC’s Nicola Valley. Nicola is currently completing a MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her first free-verse children’s book titled, Shi-shi-etko, was published in September 2005 and received the 2006 Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year. Her second book, a sequel to Shi-shi-etko titled, Shin-chi’s Canoe was released in fall 2008 and received the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s literature award. Her third book, Grandpa’s Girls was just released in Fall 2011. All of her books have been published by Groundwood Books.
Wil To Write - Wil George is a poet and contemporary story-teller from the Tsleil Waututh Nation (also known as Burrard Indian Band). Wil's poetry chapbook called Survival In Its Many Shapes was published by UNIT/PITT Projects. His poetry has been published in various anthologies and literary magazines including Salish Seas published by Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and In Our Own Voices edited by Proma Tagore and published by Larkuma.
Wanda John-Kehewin is from the Kehewin Cree Nation in Alberta. She lives and works in North Vancouver. She has studied criminology at the NEC and Douglas College; Sociology and Aboriginal studies at Langara, and attended SFU’s TWS Creative Writing Program. She grew up on the Reservation and a huge part of her writing is created from the injustices she saw and experienced. Her work is published in UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology, Salish Seas, and elsewhere; she has shared her “truth” through many readings. Wanda lives with her three children; two cats and one dog who definitely inspire her write and heal through the creative writing process.
Kat Norris, Coast Salish Nez Perce, was born on Valdez Island, B.C. She attended Kuper Island Residential school. Kat states that growing up in California was such a blessing as it opened up her mind, world and soul to, not only, choices and possibilities but her voice. Her family moved back to Canada when Kat was 19, meaning re-experiencing racism which only served to help her find her purpose in life, as an activist and founder of the Indigenous Action Movement. She is invited to speak at women's conferences, grassroot activist gatherings and universities, speaking on the experiences of Indigenous people. Her loves: Writing, dancing, pow wow, family, and her grandchildren.
Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations territory. Janet is a page poet and presents spoken word performance and works in video poetry and recorded poetry. She has three books published to date; Splitting the Heart (2007), Red Erotic (2010) and Unearthed (Leaf Press 2011). Her spoken word CD Firewater was nominated for a Native American Music Award and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Her newest CD Got Your Back is a collaboration with Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs. Janet hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV 101.9fm in Victoria BC and Tribal Clefs on CBC radio one's All Points West. Her radio documentary "Bring Your Drum" 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music won Best Radio at the imagiNATIVE film and media festival 2011. Janet has recently been named Victoria's third poet laureate.
annie ross Daughter of a traditional Maya Mother and auntie and WWII veteran father (Sydney Mines, NS). Began education at home with plants, animals, art, indigenous hand work, storytelling, and history in Compton, California. A working artist and writer, committed to the story of Sacred Home/Lands and all her Beings in order to work within the global indigenous quest for those elusive civil rights, social and environmental justice.
Kelly Roulette is Ojibway from the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba. She grew up in Winnipeg until she moved to Vancouver, which she now calls her home base. Kelly is the proud mom of daughter Teyah, who has also shown an early interest in art. Kelly has had a diverse work background ranging from working on UTV, the former Global CanWest Television station, and is a lawyer. She participated in the Salish Seas project as both writer and visual artist.
Paul Seesequasis is a writer and a journalist. He was the founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices magazine, and the recipient of a MacLean-Hunter journalist award. His short stories and feature writings have been published in Canada and abroad. Tobacco Wars is his first novella.