Kinship Bonds: The Love that Holds

Kinship relations in writing are some of the most powerful and complex relationships that exist in storytelling. Kinship ties exist beyond the romantic; our blood and chosen family create loves that hold us close and forever. Join Katherena Vermette, Jessica Johns, Sharon Bala, and Arielle Twist with moderator Amber Dawn, as they talk about the strength, heart, and complexities of kinship bonds.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Sunday, March 10, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Sharon Bala is the bestselling author of The Boat People. Her short fiction has been widely published and won the Journey Prize in 2017.


Jessica Johns is nehiyaw and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. She is currently living on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Arielle Twist is an author and community educator from George Gordons First Nation, Saskatchewan. Disintegrate/Dissociate is her first collection of poetry with Arsenal Pulp Press.


Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2013. Her novel, The Break (House of Anansi), was a bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards. Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman, was published in the fall of 2018.


Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada). She is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies.