Growing Words and Stories out of a Traumatic Life

Life can be filled with many shades of light and shadow, joy and trauma, contributing to a deeper, richer, more meaningful writing. This panel will explore how personal experience of trauma can become a tool for writing and resiliency. These panellists are living a writer’s life while mitigating or processing extreme life situations, and will discuss how they not only survived, but thrived to write about it.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. She lives on the unceded, ancestral and the traditional lands of the Musqueam, the Squamish and the Tsleil Waututh people.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s books include Trauma Head, serpentine loop, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Against Death: 35 Essays on Living.



Maureen Medved’s adaptation of her novel The Tracey Fragments opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlinale, winning the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. Her novel Black Star came out in April 2018. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.