Accessing Ourselves: Crip Poetics And Writing Our Desires

Join disabled, Deaf, mad, crip, ill, tired, traumatized artists who write ourselves into being. Witness our origin stories, our fire, the shit we can’t say on the city bus or at the doctor’s office that we long to say to ourselves or each other. Bringing together Deaf and disabled artists of Indigenous and settler backgrounds, Amanda Leduc, Alessandra Naccarato, and cast members Kat Norris, Caroline Hébert, and Sandra Pronteau from the production Unsettled, we’ll hold space for and celebrate a multiplicity of experiences, languages and cultures, while pushing against white supremacy and the systems that uphold it. As we exist in the in-between and write flourishing futures, let’s move toward a Deaf and disability justice-centred criplit, together. Moderated by Aimee Louw.

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: NEC/SAT-5
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 14, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
This event will feature ASL-ENG interpretation.

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Aimee Louw’s chapbook, Less Sweet than Chocolate or Concrete is out now. Follow along as she writes her debut novel, You Deserve Everything.

Alessandra Naccarato is the recipient of the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. Re-Origin of Species (Book*hug, 2019) is her debut poetry collection.

Amanda Leduc is the author of the nonfiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space. She is the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

Caroline Hébert is from the production Unsettled.

Kat Norris is Coast Salish, activist, mother and grandmother. Graduating from Spirit Song Native Theatre, Kat is Elder In Residence for Heart of the City Festival.

Sandra Pronteau is a Cree-Metis, 60’s Scoop Survivor who lived grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from high school in ‘85. She’s a mother of four with one grandson.  Varied experiences within theatre work has helped her open up and perform in ways that tell amazing stories. She came into the artisan world in 2003 and still works within the DTES.