What is the body returning to? If we are to call our meetings back in-person with each other following the ongoing upending resonances of pandemic years a return to something?

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Time: 13:00 to 16:00

Duration: 29 October, 2022

Location: QWF Office—1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC


Open to all.

Limited to 12 participants.

We plan to hold this workshop in person at the QWF office, with up to two virtual slots available for people who are unable to come to our office. If public health conditions necessitate it, this workshop may transition to a purely online model.

What is the body returning to? If we are to call our meetings back in-person with each other following the ongoing upending resonances of pandemic years a return to something? To something we love, but something also unfamiliar, forgotten, and that we feel distanced in our bodies from? How to orient ourselves in poetry? In our bodily orientations to place, the city, intimacy of everyday objects, and with each other? In this in-person workshop, we will explore the poetic spaces that collect our stories, our memories, and also the orientation of our bodies. What is queerness in this context? What can be written and shared about the feeling of queer returns? Public returns? Returns to the surroundings communities that have defined our feeling at home while being stuck at home, longing for alternatives? We will begin by engaging in a series of writing exercises, followed by a period of collaborative sharing. Breaks will be interspersed with sample poems by contemporary poets, artists, and activists. The latter half of the session will be guided on editing and revision. We will end with an art project to commemorate our writing in this workshop experience. 

Workshop leader

Credit: LJ Weisberg
Isabella Wang is the author of the chapbook, On Forgetting a Language, and her full-length debut, Pebble Swing, currently shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Among other recognitions, she has been shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year Contest, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Contest and Long Poem Contest, and was the youngest writer to be shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over thirty literary journals and three anthologies. She is completing a double-major in English and World Literature at SFU. She is also a youth mentor with Vancouver Poetry House and an Editor at Room magazine.  


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