Incite: Poets in Conversation

Incite: Poets in Conversation

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Wednesday, January 22
7:30 pm
Alice MacKay Room - Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

The darkest time of year demands an illumination of words. Join us for our first Incite event of the year, featuring a genre-blurring poetry debut from Chantal Gibson (How She Read) alongside new collections from award-winning writers Jennica Harper (Bounce House), Alex Leslie (Vancouver for Beginners) and Hasan Namir (War/Torn). A seasonal favourite and cherished Incite tradition, Poets in Conversation has time and again kicked off the Fest’s annual programming with mirth and soul.

About the moderator:
Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, 2019 BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poetry has recently appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, THIS magazine, and is forthcoming in Gutter Magazine (UK) and Maisonneuve. Her nonfiction has been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize and her fiction has appeared in subTerrain and The Humber Literary Review. She is a columnist for Open Book and is at work on a novel.

Free – RSVP to let us know you’re coming

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

Event Participants:

Incite: Poets in Conversation

Chantal Gibson is an artist-educator living in Vancouver with ancestral roots in Nova Scotia. Her visual art collection Historical In(ter)ventions, a series of altered history book sculptures, dismantles text to highlight language as a colonial mechanism of oppression. How She Read (Caitlin Press) is a genre-blurring extension of her artistic practice and her debut book of poetry. An award-winning teacher, Gibson also teaches writing and visual communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University.

Incite: Poets in Conversation

Jennica Harper is the author of four books of poetry: Bounce House (Anvil Press, 2019), Wood (Anvil Press), which was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize, What It Feels Like for a Girl (Anvil Press), and The Octopus and Other Poems (Signature Editions). Her poetry has been translated for the stage (Initiation Trilogy), gone viral, and won Silver at the National Magazine Awards. Jennica also writes for television, and lives with her family in Vancouver.

Incite: Poets in Conversation

Alex Leslie was born and lives in Vancouver. She is the award-winning author We All Need to Eat, a finalist for the 2019 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and People Who Disappear, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction and a 2013 ReLit Award. She is also the author of Vancouver for Beginners (Book*hug, 2019) and The things I heard about you, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry. She is the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, a Gold National Magazine Award and the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.

Incite: Poets in Conversation

Hasan Namir, an Iraqi-Canadian author, graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC Books. Hasan lives in Vancouver with his husband. War/Torn (Book*hug, 2019) is his latest poetry book.