2024 Festival:
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The Care We Dream Of with Zena Sharman, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, jaye simpson, and Joshua Wales

Join us on November 24 for the ONLINE launch of The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health. CART (real-time captioning) and ASL interpretation are provided.

Featuring editor/author Zena Sharman in conversation with contributors Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, jaye simpson, and Joshua Wales.

Zena Sharman, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, jaye simpson and Joshua Wales come together to celebrate the launch of The Care We Dream Of. Join us for an evening of discussing what health and healing might look like if every aspect of our health care were rooted in a commitment to the flourishing and liberation of all LGBTQ+ people. LGBTQ+ health care doesn’t look like this today, but it could. This is the care we dream of.

About the book:
The Care We Dream Of is not quite an essay collection, and not quite an anthology. Instead, it’s a hybrid kind of book that weaves together essays on topics like queering health and healing, transforming the health system, kinship, aging, and death, alongside stories, poetry and non-fiction pieces. The book also includes interviews with activists, health care workers and researchers whose work offers insights into what liberatory and transformative approaches to LGBTQ+ health can look like in practice.

This online event is Pay What You Can (starting at $0)!  Book a ticket to this event to receive a link to watch the livestream wherever you are. Can’t make the scheduled time? Ticket holders will receive access to a recording of the event, including ASL and captioning, which will be available to rewatch for one month.

This event is offered in partnership with Arsenal Pulp Press in celebration of Arsenal Pulp Press’s 50th anniversary!

Iron Dog Books is the local (Vancouver) bookselling partner for this event. If you’re near Vancouver, please support Iron Dog by buying a copy of The Care We Dream Of in-store.  If you’re far, please order your copy through your near-to-you local indie #shoplocal.

Participants and Speakers

Zena Sharman

ZENA SHARMAN (she/her) is a writer, speaker, strategist, and LGBTQ+ health advocate. She’s the editor of three books, including the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, and the newly released collection The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health. An engaging speaker, Zena brings her passion for LGBTQ+ health to audiences of health care providers and students across North America.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA is a mixed blood middle aged nonbinary femme disabled and autistic writer, disability and transformative justice cultural and movement worker of Burgher and Tamil Sri Lankan, Irish and Galician Romani ascent. A crip web weaver, couch and porch witch, they are the author and/or co-editor of nine books, including (with Ejeris Dixon) Beyond Survival, Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, and Bodymap. A Lambda Award winner who has been shortlisted for the Publishing Triangle five times, they are the winner of Lambda;’s 2020 Jeanne Córdova Award “honoring a lifetime of work documenting the complexities of queer of color/femme/disabled  experience” and are a 2020 Disability Futures Fellow. Raised in rustbelt central Massachusetts and shaped by T’karonto and Oakland, they currently make home in South Seattle, Duwamish territories. Their next book, The Future is Disabled, is forthcoming fall 2022.

jaye simpson

jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. simpson is a writer, advocate and activist sharing their knowledge and lived experiences in hope of creating utopia. they are published in several magazines including Poetry Is Dead, This Magazine, PRISM international, SAD Magazine: Green, GUTS Magazine, SubTerrain, Grain and Room. They are in two anthologies: Hustling Verse (2019) and Love After the End (2020). Their first poetry collection, it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Ed.) was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award and a 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Finalist while also winning the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry in English. they are a displaced Indigenous person resisting, ruminating and residing on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories, colonially known as Vancouver.

Joshua Wales

JOSHUA WALES is a queer physician and writer, with recent work in Best Canadian Stories 2021, adda, Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2), Plenitude, Grain, The New Quarterly, and the New England Journal of Medicine.  He was a silver winner at the 2021 National Magazine Awards, a finalist for the 2021 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is an MFA student at UBC.