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LCP FEMINIST CAUCUS PANEL, CHAPBOOK LAUNCH, & ANNUAL OPEN READING
June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join the League of Canadian Poets’ Feminist Caucus for their annual panel presentation and chapbook launch. This year, panelists Lillian Allen, Anne Burke, Canisia Lubrin, Charlie C. Petch, and Margo Tamez discuss on the topic of “Remembering Forward” — how feminist visions, ideals, and objectives change over time. This panel will run from 2pm to 3:15pm.
Stay after the panel for the launch of Revisit, Revise, Revolutionize: A Two-Part Harmony, the latest in the Living Archives chapbook series. Featuring the work of Janice Jo Lee, Andrea Thompson, and Paulina O’Kieffe, with an introduction from editors Vanessa Shields and Charlie Petch, this chapbook looks at the history and future of feminism in literature in Canada. These hand-sewn chapbooks will be available for purchase ($10).
Finally, the Feminist Caucus welcomes all writers to this event to take part in the annual open reading, a short open mic section of the event that welcomes readings from all writers.
LILLIAN ALLEN is an internationally acclaimed writer, poet/performer and language innovator working at the intersection of dub, sound, and rebel poetics. She has two Juno award-winning recordings and several critically acclaimed books of poetry to her credit. She is a professor of Creative Writing at OCAD University where she’s spearheading the establishment of Ontario’s first and only BFA in Creative Writing.
ANNE BURKE was born in Montreal (where she witnessed an ice storm when she was eleven) and was educated across Canada. She earned an Honours B.A. Magna Cum Laude at Loyola College, an M.A. from York University, a B. Ed. with a double diploma in Elementary and Secondary English, at Queen’s University, then pursued Ph.D. Studies in Ottawa and at U.B.C, in Contemporary and Canadian Literature. In Calgary since 1974, she lives a poetry (and poet) centred existence. Her mentors were poets Lorna Crozier, Gwendolyn Mac Ewan, Gerald Lampert, Eli Mandel, and Robert Kroetsch. Her recent odyssey is an exchange of correspondence with her late father. She is completing a full length collection on the Fort McMurray wildfire, after contributing to The Calgary Project – A City Map in Verse and Visual on the massive municipal flood. (That leaves “earth” and “air” in a planned quartet of the elements.)She is the recipient of the Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I shore up these fragments against my ruin”— T.S. Eliot. She was prairie correspondent for Poetry Canada, Alberta Rep. for the League, and President of the Writers Guild of Alberta (twice). She founded the first publicly charter school in Canada (for gifted children). She is a cofounder of Alberta Magazine Publishers Association; was Pro Tem President, then Secretary to the board, for twelve years. She was Vice President of Alberta Cultural Industries Association and represented provincial arts, literary, and cultural magazine publishers. She is literary editor of The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature which she co-founded in 1983. She serves as League Membership Chair, coordinates the Feminist Caucus, and is series editor of The Living Archive chapbooks, anthologies, and monographs, in print and now online with Playwrights Guild of Canada.
CANISIA LUBRIN‘s (MFA) writing has appeared published in literary journals including Room, The Puritan, This Magazine, Arc, CV2 and The City Series #3: Toronto Anthology. She won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in creative writing from York University. Her début collection of poems, Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak and Wynn) was released in fall of 2017.
CHARLIE C. PETCH is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch’s full-length spoken word vaudeville play, “Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum’s Rush” has toured all over Turtle Island. Their new creation “Daughter of Geppetto” will launch with Public Energy in Spring 2018. They have several handsome chapbooks and “Late Night Knife Fights” was published with LyricalMyrical Press. They have been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Joypuke journals. Petch is the creative director of “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam” a multi-city touring poetry slam series. Find out more at www.charliecpetch.com.
MARGO TAMEZ is a Lipan Apache author of the Hada’didla Nde’ (“Lightning Storm People”), Konitsaii Nde’ (“Big Water People”) and an enrolled citizen of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. A scholar, poet, and Indigenous rights defender, Tamez grew up in unceded Lipan Apache territory in South Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and along the Texas-Mexico border. Tamez’s 2007 work, Raven Eye (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize) is considered the first Apache-authored literary work which ‘indigenized’ the American poetry form known as the ‘long poem.’