Dipping into Diaspora

In the long stretches between Home and “home” there are infinite stories, lessons, and longings. How many different people do we need to be? How many different languages must we carry in order to be understood? How many lands will we claim? How many will claim us, and what must be left behind? Join us for this panel with Rhea Tregebov, Rebecca Fisseha, Zalika Reid-Benta, Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros and hosted by Afuwa. And pack light, the journey is unfolding. 

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: MAS/SUN-5
Venue: Massy Books
Date: Sunday, March 15, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
This event will feature ASL-ENG interpretation.

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Afuwa was born on Karinya and Akawaio land; she makes art on Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish territories. Her work encompasses language, the body, and diasporic memory.

Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros is an urban Indigi-queer born into diaspora. Her people come from Brazil (linking back to Africa through the slave trade), and the Mistawasis Cree nation.

Rebecca Fisseha’s fiction and non-fiction explore the Ethiopian diaspora. Born in Addis Ababa, she currently lives in Toronto. 

Rhea Tregebov is the author of poetry and fiction, most recently the novel Rue des Rosiers. She taught creative writing at UBC until 2017.

Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer whose debut short story collection Frying Plantain was longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is currently working on a young-adult fantasy novel drawing inspiration from Jamaican folklore.