January 31, 2024 (Zoom): Cross-Pollinations

Join the League of Canadian Poets, the Health Arts Research Centre, and the Canadian Association for Health Humanities for the next iteration of the Cross-Pollinations Virtual Rounds Series.

January 31, 2024

The Wednesday, January 31 Cross-Pollinations event will feature poets/writers Mic Jones and Rhiannon Ng Cheng Hin. This event will explore the relationship between their poetry practice and their respective lived experiences of chronic illness/disability (Mic) and medical training (Rhiannon) when their writing does not explicitly focus on these experiences. Across this series, we have had the privilege of learning from/with poets whose writing intentionally addresses the themes of illness, health, disability, and care. But to kick off the 2024 season of Cross-Pollinations, we want to think about these themes in a less conventional way i.e. when one's poetry does not seem, at least on the surface, to address such themes. How does one's poetry—regardless of its topic/theme—inform one's experiences of illness, health, disability, and care? And how do such experiences inform one's poetry?


Rhiannon Ng Cheng Hin (she/her) is a writer from the Gatineau Valley in Québec. Her poetry and essays have appeared in various publications, including Brick, The Walrus, Grain, The Malahat Review, and Best Canadian Poetry 2024. Her debut poetry collection, Fire Cider Rain (Coach House Books, 2022) was shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award. She currently serves as associate poetry editor with Plenitude Magazine and studies medicine at McGill University.


Mic Jones (they/them) is a writer and dancer whose work explores trans embodiment, failure as an alternative form of revolt, and relational becoming. Their writing appears in CV2, Hobart After Dark, Stone of Madness Press, Frond, The F Word, LIT, The Tribune and is the recipient of support from The Poetry Project, FAWC, and The Shipman Agency. Mic runs Undisciplined, a transmedium workshop for queer emerging artists in Tkaronto. They are currently writing a novel, an excerpt from which will be danced to live in collaboration with The Wind In The Leaves Collective this February. Find Mic online @micoila.

Recordings from past events can be viewed on YouTube.