Incite: Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jules Arita Koostachin, mitcholos touchie

Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library

Incite: Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jules Arita Koostachin, mitcholos touchie

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Wednesday, January 23
7:30pm
Alice MacKay Room - Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

Come in out of the dark and rain and illuminate your January with an evening of poetry by local talents, hosted by award-winning writer and teacher Aislinn Hunter. There’s no better way to enter the New Year than by soaking up some beautiful, true, euphoric, revelatory words as written by these celebrated poets. Join us for the first instalment of Incite 2019, and keep coming back for more.

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Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest with support from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

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Incite: Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jules Arita Koostachin, mitcholos touchie

Mercedes Eng is a teacher and writer in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She is the author of Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Mercenary English, a long poem about violence and resistance in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, as well as two chapbooks, knuckle sandwich and February 2010. Her writing has appeared in Jacket 2, The Downtown East, The Volcano, on the sides of the Burrard and Granville Bridges as contributions to public art projects, and in the collectively produced chapbooks, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), Surveillance, and M’aidez (Press Release). She is currently working on a women’s prison reader and a detective novel set in her grandfather’s Chinatown supper club, circa 1948.

Incite: Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jules Arita Koostachin, mitcholos touchie

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of Trauma Head and serpentine loop, and the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown. She is the founder and creative mentor of Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of Downtown Eastside writers, and editor and publisher of eight of its anthologies.

Incite: Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jules Arita Koostachin, mitcholos touchie

Jules Arita Koostachin, owner of VisJuelles Productions Inc. is Cree from Attawapiskat and a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. She carries extensive experience working in Indigenous community in varying capacities such as counseling, consulting, teaching and management. Jules, also known as a storyteller and digital media maker works to honour cultural protocols and build relationship within Indigenous community through her media arts practice. Her artistic endeavours are informed by her experience living with her Cree grandparents in northern Ontario. Her educational presentations utilize her media work to educate on Indigenous realities.

Incite: Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jules Arita Koostachin, mitcholos touchie

mitcholos touchie is a nuučan̓uɫ poet living on stolen Coast Salish Territory, of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh & səl̓ilwətaɁɬ first nations. as a guest for 3 years and running, they believe ʔuusaḥiniš tiič č̓aʔak, they believe hishukish tsawaak, and they believe in iisaak. and thusly, stand in solidarity with tsleil-watuuth first nations against kinder morgan pipeline. after completing a ‘Spoken Word’ residency at Banff Centre, mitcholos was a Poet of Honor Rising Voice of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2017. then returned in 2018 to represent Vancouver Poetry Slam, placing 3rd in national competition.