Sustenance: A Feast of Voices

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Thomas Haas, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Jami Macarty, Billeh Nickerson, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Annie Ross, Karen Shklanka, Kevin Spenst, Russell Thornton, Ayelet Tsabari

Sustenance: A Feast of Voices

Host: Rachel Rose

Event Number: 91
Tickets: $10.00

Sustenance: A Feast of Voices

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Thomas Haas, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Jami Macarty, Billeh Nickerson, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Annie Ross, Karen Shklanka, Kevin Spenst, Russell Thornton, Ayelet Tsabari

Sunday, October 22
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

Today Vancouver’s outgoing Poet Laureate Rachel Rose shares a phenomenal project from her tenure in the role. Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food brings to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers, celebrating all that’s unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene. Join this incredible lineup for an afternoon of live music from The Pazific, led by Seattle-based songwriting duo Alex and Jefferson Rose, snacks and readings on subjects as diverse as exile, hunger, food scarcity, bulimia, fat shaming, urban beekeeping, rural hunting, community gardening, foraging, feeding a baby, waitressing, dumpster diving, butchering, eating vegan, and reflections on family feast days. This is an afternoon to eat, drink and be merry, and to celebrate Rachel’s exceptional contribution to the community.

Event Authors:

Ayelet Tsabari

Canada

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. Her first book, The Best Place on Earth (HarperCollins), won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, and has been published internationally to great acclaim. Excerpts from her forthcoming book have won a National Magazine Award and a Western Magazine Award. She lives in Toronto.

Karen Shklanka

British Columbia

Karen Shklanka, is a Vancouver physician who works as an Addiction Medicine consultant. Previously, she was a family physician in Salt Spring Island, BC, and Moose Factory, Ontario. She has an MFA in Creative Writing; her first book, Sumac’s Red Arms (Coteau, 2009), was a finalist for the Foreward Review Book of the Year prize; and two long poems from her second book, Ceremony for Touching (Coteau, 2016) were long-listed for the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize.

Jami Macarty

British Columbia

Jami Macarty is the author of Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press, June 2017) and Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (Vallum, October 2017); she teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University, edits the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Anomalous Press.

Kevin Spenst

British Columbia

Kevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong, (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham), and Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including subTerrain magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner

British Columbia

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the book of poems serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), and is co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). She is the founder and creative mentor of Thursdays Writing Collective as well as the editor and publisher of eight of its anthologies. Her second book of poetry, Trauma Head (Anvil Press, spring 2018), was shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

British Columbia

Shazia Hafiz Ramji received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Her writing has appeared in Quill & Quire, Vallum, Metatron’s OMEGA, The Puritan, and Canadian Literature. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press, 2017) and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming from Insomniac Press in 2018. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land where she teaches creative writing and works as the poetry editor for PRISM International magazine.

Fiona Tinwei Lam

British Columbia

Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of two books of poetry and a children’s book. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published in over 30 anthologies. She is the recent winner of The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford prize. Her poetry videos have been screened at festivals internationally. She teaches at Simon Fraser University (Continuing Studies). www.fionalam.net