Festival at a Glance


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All events, with the exception of workshops, are listed below. Learn more about and register for workshops at Growing Room.

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We will be providing ASL-ENG interpretation at a number of our events. Click here for a list of all the events that will have ASL-ENG interpretation.

Growing Room 2020 takes place on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia) from March 11 – 15, 2020.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Youth Reading (MAS/MON-1)
Massy Books, 7pm – 9pm
Kathy Mak, Raquel Milosavljevic, Golsa Golestaneh, Zainab Osman, Jenny Sun, Bianca Galvin, Kai Sjerven, Elliot Scott-Bigsby, and Neko Smart. Hosted by Isabella Wang.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Opening Night Party: THE MOVEMENT (FOX/WED-1)
Fox Cabaret, 6pm – 11pm | Tickets: $15
Tonye Aganaba, Missy D, Chelsea D.E. Johnson, and DJ Denise. Hosted by Jillian Christmas and jaye simpson.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Launch of the “Hair” Room Issue 43.1 (BEA/THU-1)
Beaumont Studios, 5pm – 7pm
Téa Mutonji, Cheryl Thompson, Hannah McGregor, Délani Valin, Chantal Gibson, and Mallory Tater. Hosted by Chelene Knight and Tamara Jong.

Say Mashallah: Celebrating Muslim Writers (MAS/THU-2)
Massy Books, 7pm – 9pm
NASRA, Nafiza Azad, Ayan Ismail, and Efemeral. Moderated by Amal Rana.

Something Funny (FOX/THU-2)
Fox Cabaret, 7pm – 9pm
Kayla Czaga, Joanne Tsung, Alicia Tobin, Dina Del Bucchia, Soo Jeong, and Tin Lorica. Hosted by Savannah Erasmus.

On Money and Writing: An Intersectional Conversation About Creative Survival (BEA/THU-3)
Beaumont Studios, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Erika Thorkelson, Chelene Knight, Jackie Wong, and jaye simpson. Moderated by Andrea Warner.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Writing for Ourselves (BEA/FRI-1)
Beaumont Studios, 3:30pm – 6pm
Aimee Louw

So You Think You Can Slam 2: Back 2 The Slam (BEA/FRI-2)
Beaumont Studios, 7pm – 9pm
Ayan Ismail, Erika Thorkelson, NASRA, Lucia Misch, Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, and Kalilah Rampanen. Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and jaye simpson.

Black Magic Women: BIPOC Encounters with The Fantastic (MAS/FRI-2)
Massy Books, 7pm – 9pm
Nafiza Azad, Jillian Christmas, Kim Senklip Harvey, and Téa Mutonji. Moderated by Serena Lukas Bhandar.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Rise of Creative Non-fiction (NEC/FRI-2)
Native Education College, 7pm – 9pm
Alicia Tobin, Helen Knott, Cheryl Thompson, and Annahid Dashtgard. Moderated by Hannah McGregor.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Louder Now: Voice in Writing (REH/SAT-1)
Rennie Hall, Emily Carr University, 10am – 12pm
Maneo Mohale, Eve Joseph, and Nisa Malli. Moderated by Hannah McGregor.

As Seen on Twitter: Pop Culture as Archive (RET/SAT-1)
Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University, 10am – 12pm
Tanya Boteju, Adèle Barclay, Kayla Czaga, Jade Baxter, and Domenica Martinello. Moderated by Molly Cross-Blanchard.

Get Some Lit Mag Love: How to Publish your Fiction, Poetry, and CNF in Journals (WEB/SAT-2)
Webinar, Online Only, 11am – 1pm PDT
Alicia Elliott, Manahil Bandukwala, Jasmine Gui, Doretta Lau, and Shashi Bhat. Moderated by Rachel Thompson.

Self-Love and Community Care: Ethics of Community Building (NEC/SAT-3)
Native Education College, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Francine Cunningham, Amanda Leduc, Annahid Dashtgard, and Kai Cheng Thom. Moderated by Amal Rana.

Guided Soundbath with Courtenay Mayes (GAL/SAT-SW)
Gallery, Emily Carr University, 12pm – 1pm

Expanding the Boundaries of Writing: Animation and Coding as Composition (GAL/SAT-4)
Gallery, Emily Carr University, 1pm – 3pm
June Tang, Chhaya Naran, Taryn Shepherd. Moderated by Jacqueline Turner.

Writing about Mental Health (REH/SAT-4)
Rennie Hall, Emily Carr University, 1pm – 3pm
Emma Hansen, Addie Tsai, and Rebecca Salazar. Moderated by Lucia Misch.

The Heart of It: A Reading About Family (RET/SAT-4)
Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University, 1pm – 3pm
Rebecca Fisseha, Mallory Tater, Helen Knott, Corinne Manning, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Alicia Tobin. Hosted by Emily Dundas Oke.

Fear in Fiction (REH/SAT-5)
Rennie Hall, Emily Carr University, 4pm – 6pm
Mallory Tater, Zalika Reid-Benta, Rebecca Fisseha, and Rhea Tregebov. Moderated by Doretta Lau.

Fuckin’ Poets (RET/SAT-5)
Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University, 4pm – 6pm
Eve Joseph, Liz Howard, Kayla Czaga, Aisha Sasha John, Cassandra Blanchard, and Amber Dawn. Hosted by Sheryda Warrener.

Accessing Ourselves: Crip Poetics And Writing Our Desires (NEC/SAT-5)
Native Education College, 4pm – 6pm
Amanda Leduc, and cast members Kat Norris, Caroline Hébert, and Sandra Pronteau. Moderated by Aimee Louw.

A Scale Not Merely Human: A Speculative Poetry Panel (MAS/SAT-6)
Massy Books, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Adèle Barclay, Nisa Malli, Rebecca Salazar, and Serena Lukas Bhandar. Moderated by Domenica Martinello.

Criminalized Verse: The Crossroads of Sex Work and Poetry (NEC/SAT-6)
Native Education College, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Justin Ducharme, Mercedes Eng, and Cassandra Blanchard. Moderated by Amber Dawn.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Keynote from Kai Cheng Thom (RET/SUN-1)
Reliance Theatre, 10am – 12pm

The Beginning is The End is The Beginning: Tarot Salon (GAL/SUN-SW)
Gallery, Emily Carr University, 12pm – 2pm

Indigenous Brilliance (BEA/SUN-3; BEA/SUN-4; BEA/SUN-5)
Beaumont Studios, 1pm – 9:30pm
Kim Senklip Harvey, Cassandra Blanchard, Helen Knott, Francine Cunningham, Emily Dundas Oke, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Jade Baxter, Justin Ducharme, Jody Mariko Okabe, Edzi’u, Délani Valin, Liz Howard, Kalilah Rampanen, and Sparkle Plenty.

Not Your Sidekick: Queer Characters (NEC/SUN-2)
Native Education College, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Tanya Boteju, Alex Leslie, Tash McAdam, and Addie Tsai. Moderated by Jen Currin.

The World is on Fire: Writing in the Climate Crisis (REH/SUN-3)
Rennie Hall, Emily Carr University, 1pm – 3pm
Aimee Louw, Liz Howard, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Rebecca Salazar. Moderated by Carleigh Baker.

Radiant Flesh: Black Femme Writing & The Body (RET/SUN-3)
Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University, 1pm – 3pm
Maneo Mohale, Jillian Christmas, Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek, and Zalika Reid-Benta.

Transcending the Narrative: Trans Women & Surthrivance (RET/SUN-4)
Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University, 4pm – 6pm
jaye simpson, Kai Cheng Thom, Hazel Jane Plante.

Transmuting Trauma (REH/SUN-4)
Rennie Hall, Emily Carr University, 4pm – 6pm
Maneo Mohale, Addie Tsai, and Corinne Manning. Moderated by Mercedes Eng.

The Limit Does Not Exist: Boundless Forms (NEC/SUN-4)
Native Education College, 4pm – 6pm
Aisha Sasha John, Aimee Louw, Alex Leslie, and Carleigh Baker. Moderated by Jocelyn Tennant.

Cut to the Feeling 2: Musings on Sex & Romance (NEC/SUN-5)
Native Education College, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Adèle Barclay, Tanya Boteju, Téa Mutonji, and Hazel Jane Plante. Moderated by Shane Sable.

Dipping into Diaspora (MAS/SUN-5)
Massy Books, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Rhea Tregebov, Rebecca Fisseha, Zalika Reid-Benta, Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros. Hosted by Afuwa.