Disability Series #3: QWF Poetry and Prose Showcase
This year, the Quebec Writers’ Federation hosted its first poetry and prose workshop specifically inviting writers who identify with the disability experience to gather. Now the workshop facilitator, some participants, and other writers from the Montreal region will share a program of poems, prose, and dramatic writing.
The event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, August 12th, at 7 PM. Everyone is welcome; the event is free and captioning will be available! Registration via Eventbrite is required.
We’re thrilled to co-host this in conjunction with the QWF, who will be recording the Zoom event and posting it later on their YouTube channel so as to make the event more accessible to those who might not attend the day of. For privacy reasons, we will ask for mics to be muted until the Q&A section, and invite you to only have cameras on if you’re comfortable with being part of the recording.
Enjoy this opportunity to hear new work by disabled writers in English from Quebec. We have works in print by some of these writers in the store already, and for anything else in print, we’ll be happy to special-order it for you! Featured authors will include (more to be confirmed):
Bára Hladík is a writer, artist and facilitator born to Czech migrants in Sinixt Territory. Her work can be found in Hamilton Arts & Letters Canadian Disability Poetics Issue, and more. Book of Mirrors (2019), her micro-chapbook of reflections on degenerative disease was selected for the Ghost City Press microchap series. She is the founding editor of Theta Wave. barahladik.com
Madelaine Caritas Longman is a writer and PhD candidate living in Tiotià:ke (Montreal). Her poetry has appeared in Room, Prism, Grain, and elsewhere. Her collection The Danger Model explores the relationships between art, identity, and chronic illness, and received the QWF’s Concordia University First Book Prize. https://
Ambica Sharma is Montreal-based and involved in theater, dance, poetry, and broadcasting. She has presented performance poetry at multiple platforms in North America since 2015. She writes in her mother tongue Hindi, and also is writing in English and contributing to local publications. She manages and curates the Kabir Poetry Club. https://www.centrekabir.
seeley quest is a trans disabled writer, organizer, and environmentalist, in Montreal since 2017, who led the QWF workshop. From the US, sie presented with the Sins Invalid project 2007-15. Hir script “Crooked” is in At the Intersection of Disability and Drama: A Critical Anthology of New Plays. Not on social media, find hir via email at https://questletters.
Pamela Vaccariello is a Montreal-based writer, currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing at Concordia University. Her poetry has been published in Dawson College’s S.P.A.C.E. magazine and Creations literary journal. Her work often explores disability and the body.
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