As Seen on Twitter: Pop Culture as Archive

Can a poem be a meme? Can a soup-drinking baby alien act as a tool of social awareness and cultural archival? These artists expertly use pop culture and media as methods to explore activism, resilience and storytelling. Be it Lizzo, Lana, or Lorde, these artists use pop culture as methods to archive our histories and to communicate across multiple planes of genre and emotions. Join Tanya Boteju, Adèle Barclay, Kayla Czaga, Jade Baxter, and Domenica Martinello as they discuss pop culture in their work. Moderated by Molly Cross-Blanchard.

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: RET/SAT-1
Venue: Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University
Date: Saturday, March 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
This event will feature ASL-ENG interpretation.

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Adèle Barclay is the author of If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, which won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and most recently Renaissance Normcore.

Domenica Martinello is a writer from Montreal, QC, and the author of All Day I Dream about Sirens (Coach House Books, 2019).

Jade Baxter is Nlaka’pamux from Skuppah and an independent filmmaker/artist. Utilizing filmmaking for Salish stories and anti-colonialism while working to understand what ndn cinematic protocol can be.

Kayla Czaga is the author of two collections of poetry: For Your Safety Please Hold On and Dunk Tank. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

Molly Cross-Blanchard is a Métis writer, Poetry Editor at PRISM, Assistant to the ED at BCYBP, and author of I Don’t Want to Tell You.

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories. Her young adult novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, debuted in May.