I don’t remember when my stories started looking like a collection to me; perhaps when I realized similar themes kept repeating in them. I think that I tend to notice the speculative/ fantastical in everyday objects or events, and they keep jumping out at me as potential stories . . .
The collection came from a period of dreams and nightmares, and re-evaluation of my personal and family history. I also spent a lot of time reading afro-futurist works by Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor and folktales (both Jamaican and African American such as “The People Could Fly”) that reimagine Black survival tools as magical powers . . .
Being an oil-baby, I lived a nomadic existence. I was born in Calgary, moved to Trinidad, then Toronto, spent time in Winnipeg during school vacations, and then moved to Houston all before the age of 10 . . .
My collection has been quite some time in the making. It’s a series of personal short stories which have been incubating for years, until I finally put pen to paper last year in a true effort to tell these stories . . .
The work-in-progress explores the complexities of the Chinese-Vietnamese-Canadian diaspora and its entanglements with language and loss, family and ancestry. These themes are fairly new in my body of work as an artist, and were first explored in my performance-based collaborations with my mother and sister two years ago . . .
Celebrate the holidays with a Diaspora Dialogues Collector’s Item! For only $50.00 you can own the entire seven-book TOK anthology and read original works by Nalo Hopkinson, Lawrence Hill, Emma Donoghue and many other great Canadian writers, plus the fiction and poetry of past Diaspora Dialogues mentees . . .
DD is extending the Long Form Mentorship deadline until November 5th! Don’t forget to submit! More information can be found under our “Programs” tab and “Mentoring” link. We can’t wait to read your submissions!
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Save the date! Diaspora Dialogues is back at Nuit Blanche this year! Join us on Saturday, September 30th starting at 7 p.m. at Victoria University, UofT. We’ll be right outside Emmanuel College.
Our project, Poetry, Performance & Protest invites Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences to sit or stand (whatever’s comfortable!) and engage in a discussion about the multiple meanings and definitions of Canadian values . . .
Word On The Street is only a little over a week away! Diaspora Dialogues invites you to come down to the Harbourfront on September 24th from 11-1pm. Our segment Mapping Toronto: Stories From the Six celebrates this city’s diversity with readings and discussions that focus on different neighbourhoods throughout the GTA . . .
The submission deadline for the 2017 Short Form Mentorship Program has been extended to: Tuesday, September 5th! Don’t forget to email your short story or poems by 11:59 on that day! For more information visit our “Programs” section of the website . . .
Diaspora Dialogues is returning to Camp Wavelength to kick off our first installment of DD in the Parks! Turning to the stars (of great texts) to answer your burning questions, you can all get your palms read and fortunes told as Andrea Thompson, Jo Jefferson and Rasiqra Revulva borrow histories from some of the most revered literary tales around!
Our Literary Fortune Telling takes place on August 19th and 20th from 1-4pm at Sherbourne Common . . .