Politics & Prose

Chelene Knight, Waubgeshig Rice, Javier Zamora

Politics & Prose

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 44
Tickets: $20.00

Politics & Prose

Chelene Knight, Waubgeshig Rice, Javier Zamora

Thursday, October 18
8:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Massive economic divides in our world’s wealthiest countries show that the system is broken. It’s evident as one walks along the streets of our most-celebrated cities and along the roads of our smallest towns; the gap between haves and have-nots continues to grow. As noted in John Freeman’s Tales of Two Americas, whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism, the war on drugs or our immigration policies, it endangers not only our ability to thrive, but our very lives. Freeman is joined by Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow), Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant) and Javier Zamora (Unaccompanied) as they share powerful stories that demonstrate how inequity and social divide have affected the masses and how boundaries are broken when experiences are shared.

Event Participants:

John Freeman

John Freeman

United States

John Freeman is a literary critic and writer. He was the editor of Granta and his work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times and The Paris Review. His writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world and has been translated into more than twenty languages. His latest publication, Freeman’s: Power, features writing from over 25 authors, including Festival author Aminatta Forna. Maps, his debut poetry collection, was published in 2017.

freemansbiannual.com@FreemanReads

John Freeman is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight

British Columbia

Chelene Knight is a Vancouver born-and-raised workshop facilitator, literary event organizer, host, and seasoned panelist. She was a judge for the 2018 Book prizes. She is currently the managing editor at Room magazine, and the 2018 and 2019 Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival. Braided Skin, her first book, has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, memoir, Dear Current Occupant. Chelene is currently working on a historical novel about Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver.

cheleneknight.com, @PoetChelene

Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice

Ontario

Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. His most recent novel is Moon of the Crusted Snow. By day, he works as a broadcast and web journalist for CBC News in Sudbury, Ontario. He and his wife and son split their time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.

waub.ca, @waub

 

Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora

United States

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Zamora earned an MFA from New York University and is currently a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His debut collection, Unaccompanied, chronicles his harrowing migration, alone and on foot at nine years old, from El Salvador to the United States to reunite with his family following the Salvadoran Civil War.

javierzamora.net, @jzsalvipoet