Keynote: Canisia Lubrin

Join us at Big Rock Vancouver Brewery for breakfast and a very special end-of-festival keynote and reflection with Canisia Lubrin, editor, critic educator and awards-nominated cross-genre writer of Voodoo Hypothesis. During the second hour, we invite you to mingle with other authors, volunteers, and Growing Room and Room staff.

Tickets include access to the breakfast buffet. Drinks (coffee, juice, and/or alcoholic beverages) are not included in the ticket price and may be purchased from the venue separately. The breakfast buffet will include vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Event Type: Special Event
Big Rock Vancouver Brewery
Date: Sunday, March 17, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $20 / ticket
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Canisia Lubrin is an award-winning writer, critic and teacher with work appearing in journals, anthologies, on TV, radio, and theatre. Such venues include Room Magazine, The Puritan, The Rusty Toque, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Unpublished City, Globe & Mail, Lemonhound, The Capilano Review, Vallum, The Toronto Star, CBC, TVO, Rogers TV, and more. Lubrin contributed to Spells—a transnational anthology of poetry published by Magnota Books in the UK, named a best book of 2018 by The Sunday Times, UK and The Guardian, UK—and the anthology Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem, ed. by Priscila Uppal and Meaghan Strimas, named a Chatelaine best book of 2018. The Unpublished City Vol I, ed. Dionne Brand, which features her short fiction, was a finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Award.

Lubrin has spent close to two decades as a community advocate, working with such arts education organizations as UforChange and Drum Artz Canada, and in 2017 was featured in CBC’s The Doc Project affiliated with HerStory in Black, which highlighted Black women making significant contributions to Canadian life. She’s served as 2017-2018 Poetry in Voice Poet in Residence, and is a current member of their Poet Network where Lubrin continues to take poetry into schools in the Greater Toronto Area through their national poetry program. Poetry editor at Humber Literary Review and advisor to Open Book, Lubrin is co-artistic director and co-host of Pivot Readings, writing mentor with Flying Books and consulting editor for Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn.

Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, she has authored augur (Gap Riot Press, 2017), finalist for the 2018 bp Nichol chapbook award, and Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017) finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. Voodoo Hypothesis was also named a CBC Best Book of the year and to multiple notable book lists by She Does The City, The League of Canadian Poets, and others. She has taught creative writing at Sheridan College and The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is professor of English at Humber College. In addition to work in short fiction, the novel and non-fiction, Lubrin’s sophomore collection of poetry is forthcoming.