Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Place: The Almanac Gastropub & Cocktails
Address: 10351 82 Ave (Whyte Ave) Edmonton
In the last reading of 2018, we decided to head out with a bang! Instead of two readers, we have three. Plus an open mic (though a slightly smaller one). So get out early to get a seat and to sign up.
Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Toronto Ontario and is currently of no fixed address as she is awarded residency after residency throughout 2018-2019. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist.
Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011, “Peace in Duress,” Talonbooks 2014, and Totem Poles and Railroads, ARP Books 2016, and her sixth book titled As Long As the Sun Shines, Bookland Press 2018. She produced and hosted Native Waves Radio on CFUVfm from 2007-2017. Her music column Tribal Clefs was part of CBC Victoria’s programming from 2008-2016. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music” and “Resonating Reconciliation” won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013 and her 6-part radio doc series NDNs on the Airwaves won two awards at the T.O. Webfest in 2018.
Janet Rogers and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes, which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. The 2Ro Media Collective is a production collective she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZfm Six Nations radio. 2Ro Media also developed the multiple media project titled For This Land presented as multi-channel media installations in several galleries and public venues
Jaspreet Singh is the author of Seventeen Tomatoes, a short story collection (Véhicule Press, 2004) and Chef, a novel (Véhicule Press, 2008; Bloomsbury, 2010) – both books engage with the damaged landscapes of Kashmir.
His novel Helium (Bloomsbury, 2013) is a powerful meditation on historical forgetting. November, a collection of poems, appeared in 2017.
Jaspreet’s work has been published internationally and has been translated into several languages. He lives in Alberta.
Donia Mounsef is Professor of Drama at the University of Alberta. She is poet, playwright, and dramaturge. Her poetry has been published and anthologized in Harpoon Review, Pacific Review, La Vague Journal, Habitat Literary Magazine, Bookends Review, Gravel Magazine, The Lavender Review, Linden Avenue, Toronto Quarterly, Skin to Skin, Iris Brown, Yes Poetry, Gutter Eloquence, Poetry Quarterly, 40 Below Anthology, etc. Her poetry chapbook – Slant of Arils was published by Damaged Goods Press (2015). Plimsoll Lines, which Donia is launching at the Olive, is her second poetry collection from Urban Farmhouse Press (2018).