When We Were: We Will Be

Word Vancouver 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022 4PM to 5PM PDT

515 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

“The past dictates the end and at the same time doesn’t. Queer Indigenous People have existed from the very beginning and will continue on. A narrative of responsibility and submission of queer Indigenous existence denies us the very formative futures we want: ones in which we can be young, figure out ourselves and then decide if we want to bear the responsibility of tomorrow. Join us in a reading about being queer, Indigenous and messy!”

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Segal Centre Room A

Type: Reading

Host: jaye simpson, Guest Indigenous Curator

Readers: Tyler Pennock*, Blood (2022, Brick Books) | Justin Ducharme, Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Worker’s Poetry (2019, Arsenal Pulp Press) | Arielle Twist*, Disintegrate/Dissociate (2019, Arsenal Pulp Press)

*Note: Tyler Pennock and Arielle Twist will be joining remotely.

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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.

About The Authors

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.

Justin Ducharme is a writer & filmmaker from the Métis community of St. Ambroise on Treaty 1 Territory. He was selected as a fellow in the Sundance Film Festival’s 2022 Native Film Lab with his pilot “Positions.” Justin was the recipient of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Barry Avrich Fellowship and is an alumni of their 2021 Filmmaker Lab. His writing has been featured in Room Magazine, Canadian Art, Prism International and Filmmaker Magazine. He currently lives and works on Unceded Coast Salish Territory.

Arielle Twist is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit, Trans Woman who is creating to reclaim and harness ancestral magic and memories. Originally from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, she is now based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is an author and multidisciplinary artist. She has work published with Them, Canadian ArtThe Fiddlehead, PRISM InternationalThis Magazine, and CBC Arts and has been Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Shortlisted in The National Magazine Awards. Her debut collection ‘Disintegrate/Dissociate’ was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards for Trans and Gender Variant Literature and won The Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry and is a Finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.

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