Join Diaspora Dialogues and for a Literary Walking Tour through the Aga Khan Museum led by poet and author Sheniz Janmohamed and Aga Khan Educator Laboni Islam.
On Sunday, August 12, 2018, poet and author Sheniz Janmohamed and AGA Khan Educator Laboni Islam will guide a Literary Walking Tour through the Aga Khan Museum . . .
Join Diaspora Dialogues for a Literary Walking Tour through Kensington Market led by poet Rain Ida Chan.
On Sunday, July 15, 2018, DD alum Rain Ida Chan will guide a Literary Walking Tour through Toronto’s Kensington Market . . .
Diaspora Dialogues is delighted to partner with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto for their “Raising Her Voice” concert in 2018/19. In this exciting project that brings our proven mentorship model to a cross discipline enterprise, we will pair poets who have published in our programs, both mentors and mentees, with established and emerging composers chosen by Orpheus Choir to produce compositions for this concert celebrating International Women’s Day in 2019 . . .
Join Diaspora Dialogues for a full day of events at Doors Open, including free screenings of movies, interviews with directors and writers and more.
10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Introductions
10:15 a.m . . .
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 . . .