Wednesday, March 9th 2022 at 7pm EST – Online
You are invited to attend FIVE POETS, a free online event featuring Ellen Chang-Richardson, Tyler Pennock, Charlie Petch, Andrea Thompson, and Jennifer Hosein. This event is generously funded by the League of Canadian Poets.
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Ellen Chang-Richardson is an award-winning poet of Taiwanese and Chinese Cambodian descent. The author of three poetry chapbooks, their multi-genre work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Vallum Contemporary, Room Magazine and Watch Your Head, among others. They currently live on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg (Ottawa, ON) where they co-curate Riverbed Reading Series and write collaboratively as part of the poetry collective VII. Find them online @ehjchang and https://www.ehjchang.com
Tyler Pennock is a two-spirit adoptee from a Cree and Metis family around the Lesser Slave Lake region of Alberta. Tyler is a member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. They are a Sessional Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Toronto. They graduated from Guelph University’s Creative Writing MFA program in 2013, and currently live in Toronto. Their first Book, Bones, was published in 2020 by Brick Books.
Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto. A poet, playwright, librettist, musician, lighting designer, and host, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for SpeakNorth national festival, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets (2020), and founder of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam. Petch is a touring performer, as well as a mentor and workshop facilitator. They are launching “Daughter of Geppetto”, a multimedia/dance/music/performance poetry piece with Wind in the Leaves in April 2022, launched their full-length poetry collection Why I Was Late with Brick Books which got a “Best of 2021” from The Walrus, and filmed their libretto “Medusa’s Children” with Opera QTO. They have been featured on CBC’s Q, the Toronto International Festival of Authors, and were long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2021.
Andrea Thompson is a poet, novelist, editor and educator. In 2005, her spoken word album, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award and in 2019, her album, Soulorations, helped earn her a League of Canadian Poets’ Golden-Beret Award for Excellence. Thompson is the co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, author of the novel, Over Our Heads, and is the 2021 recipient of the Pavlick Poetry Prize. She is an editor at Brick Books and the Artistic Director of Brickyard online spoken word showcase. Thompson’s collection, A Selected History of Soul Speak, was published by Frontenac House as a part of their 2021 Quartet series.
Jennifer Hosein is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-born writer, visual artist and educator of Trinidadian and South Asian ancestry residing in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry, A Map of Rain Days, published by Guernica Editions in 2020, was longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her poems, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and a play have been published in The Fiddlehead, The Quarantine Review, Event, Rubicon, Makara, as well as translated into Hungarian for the anthology Crystal Garden/Kristálykert. Her artwork has appeared on book covers, in magazines, and in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto; it is also featured on the cover of A Map of Rain Days.