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Toronto: Revisit, revise, revolutionize (panel)

June 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm


This Feminist Cacus panel is a part of the League’s annual conference, and is open to the public. Visit for a complete outline of conference programming and scheduling.


With this panel, the Feminist Caucus wants to take a look at what feminism looks like today. The Caucus was formed in the early 1980s, and worked hard to make the League better for and more inclusive of female poets. It’s come a long way since the early days of the committee, and this year, four poets want to see where feminism can take us now—and what we can do for feminism. This panel will take a close look at the original mission statement of the Feminist Caucus and discuss, share, and analyze real-life experience with feminism: discussing intersectionality, diversity, advocacy, and more as it relates to feminism in poetry and literature.

PANELISTS: Adebe deRango-Adem, Janice Jo Lee, Paulina O’Kieffe, Andrea Thompson
MODERATOR: Susan G. Cole

WHEN: Friday, June 9 at 10:00am
WHERE: CSI Spadina ground floor meeting rooms, 192 Spadina Avenue
TICKETS: $25.00, available through EventBrite:

Events will be taking place on in accessible ground floor meeting rooms — there are several steps to get into the space, with a ramp available for access as well. Unfortunately, there is no elevator. Seating will be available.

SUSAN G COLE is a Canadian feminist author, activist, editor, speaker and playwright. She has spoken out on a number of issues, including free speech, pornography, race and religion.

ADEBE DERANGO-ADEM is a writer whose words travel between Toronto and New York City. She recently completed her MA at York University, where she also served as Assistant Editor for the arts and literary journal, Existere. Her work has been published in various North American sources, and she won the Toronto Poetry Competition in 2005 to become Toronto’s first Junior Poet Laureate. Her debut poetry collection, ex nihilo, was published this year by Frontenac House, one of ten manuscripts chosen in honour of Frontenac House’s Dektet 2010 competition, using a blind selection process by a jury of leading Canadian writers: bill bissett, George Elliott Clarke, and Alice Major. Ex nihilo is currently on the longlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under 30.

JANICE JO LEE is a Korean-Canadian, folk-roots musician, poet, and theatre artist from Kitchener, Haldimand Treaty territory. Lee is a powerful vocalist who creates soundscapes and songs using her voice, guitar, trumpet and looping pedal. She is a hard femme queer radical known for being disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest on stage. Lee’s new album Sing Hey is a vocal and acoustic showcase with songs themed on feminism, poverty, and friendship. She has toured across Canada as a solo act and facilitated over one hundred workshops on storytelling, songwriting and activism.

PAULINA O’KIEFFE is a Toronto entrepreneur, project manager, spoken word artist, aspiring writer, community consultant, program facilitator, youth activist and mom of 2 and self-proclaimed travel junkie. The Founder/Artistic Director of Guerrilla of the Word Paulina has been performing spoken word poetry and using it as a means to teach young people in a number of communities about self-education, expression and empowerment for the last 11 years. When she is not having epic adventures with her two kids, you can find Paulina immersed in a number of projects from consulting community organizations on growth and development to laying down tracks in the studio.

ANDREA THOMSPON is a writer, teacher, activist and mentor, who has been a mainstay on the Canadian spoken word scene for the past twenty years. Thompson’s poetry collection, Eating the Seed (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), has been featured on the reading list at the University of Toronto, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is also the co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, an anthology released by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2010. In 2012, Thompson received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, with a full-length fiction manuscript for her thesis. Her debut novel, Over Our Heads was published by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2014.


June 9, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 pm


CSI Building — Spadina
192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada


League of Canadian Poets