An Evening of Daring Dreams

Thursday October 6, 2022 at 6pm PT at Massy Books

229 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6

On Thursday, October 6 at 6pm, join Massy ArtsMassy Books, and Indigenous authors Justene Dion-Glowa and Tyler Pennock for An Evening of Daring Dreams, a double launch event of their books Trailer Park Shakes (2022, Brick Books) and Blood (2022, Brick Books).

At this in-person event, Dion-Glowa and Pennock will be joined by guest host Denise McCuiag for a night to celebrate literature, and to question how creative writing can be a platform to address injustice, violence, community, and connection.

Cover Image, BLOOD by Ovila Mailhot

“The poet here is engaged and unafraid to look long.”

Canisia Lubrin, author of The Dyzgraphxst

“The poems in Tyler Pennock’s Blood generate a gentle music that is in turns both painful and reverent (sometimes at the same time)”

Billy-Ray Belcourt, author of This Wound is a World, and NDN Coping Mechanisms

“Conceived in the same world as their acclaimed debut, Bones, Tyler Pennock’s Blood centres around a protagonist who at first has difficulty knowing the difference between connection and pain, and we move with them as they explore what it means to want. Pennock weaves longing, intimacy, and Anishinaabe relationalities to re-centre and rethink their speaker’s relationship to the living — never forgetting non-human kin.”

“Dion-Glowa’s voice crackles with frank, startling insight.”

Sachiko Murakami, author of Render

“A collection that should and will rattle your cage and shine a light where it is needed.”

John Brady McDonald, author of Kitotam

See even announcement on Massy Art’s Event Page

WHEN: Thursday October 6, 2022 at 6 PM Pacific Time
WHERE: Massy Books (229 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6)

This event is free and open to all of our community, though registration is mandatory. 

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.


TYLER PENNOCK, author of Bones (2020), is a Two-Spirit Queerdo from Faust, Alberta, and is a member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. They were adopted from a Cree and Métis family, and reunited with them in 2006. Tyler is a graduate of Guelph University’s Creative Writing MFA program (2013), as well as the University of Toronto (2009). They have lived in Toronto for the past 25 years.

JUSTENE DION-GLOWA is a queer Métis creative, beadworker and poet born in Win-Nipi (Winnipeg) and has been residing in Secwepemcú’lecw since 2014. They are a Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity alumni. They have been working in the human services field for nearly a decade. Their microchap, TEETH, is available from Ghost City Press. Trailer Park Shakes is their first full length poetry book.

DENISE MCQUAIG is an accomplished Métis woman with an excellent knowledge in Aboriginal health and mental health and addictions. Denise has been an Indigenous Advisor through a number of boards and commitees, including but not limited to, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program, Healthcare Excellence Canada and was the Director, Aboriginal health for the Interior Health Authority. Denise recently joined the Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Elders Council and has been a supporting Elder to the Métis Nation BC Ministry of Youth for the past 5 years. She is passionate about Métis identity and cultural knowledge as support for mental wellness. Denise has been a sought-after speaker on topics of Cultural Safety, healing through cultural renewal, suicide prevention and living with mental illness. Denise speaks from lived experience in a manner that many audiences have been able to relate too.

In 2006, The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) awarded Denise with a Champion Mental Health Award. In 2003, closer to home in Kamloops, BC, the YMCA awarded Denise with a Woman of Distinction Award.

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