Body Politics

Join Andrea Warner in conversation with three writers—Jónína Kirton, Arley McNeney, and Hana Shafi—who shrewdly challenge our culture’s fetishization of youth, thinness, whiteness, and ability. What power does creative expression have to heal and affirm? How do the politics of the body affect which voices are valued and heard in CanLit and beyond? Has the concept of “body positivity” been co-opted by capitalism and conventionally attractive celebrities, and, if so, can it be reclaimed by its radical roots?

Event Type: Panel
Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 9, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet. Her second book, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.


Arley McNeney is the author of Post and The Time We All Went Marching and writes the Fraser Springs series with a co-author as Laine Ferndale.

Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, she is also the recipient of the Women Who Inspire Award, from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women.


Andrea Warner is the author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography and We Oughta Know, and co-hosts Pop This! podcast. Pop culture, art, and feminism make her happy.


Update: Unfortunately, Lucas Crawford is no longer able to appear at this event.