The Heart of It: A Reading About Family

Blood family, chosen family, queer family, family as ancestors past and yet to come. Families, in all their forms, are richly complicated, beautiful, heartbreaking, and everything in between—and whether through poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, we just can’t seem to stop writing about them. In this reading, join Rebecca Fisseha, Mallory Tater, Helen Knott, Corinne Manning, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Alicia Tobin as they introduce us to their families, fresh from the page. Hosted by Emily Dundas Oke.

Event Type: Reading
Event Code: RET/SAT-4
Venue: Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University
Date: Saturday, March 14, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2020

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Alicia Tobin is a comedian and writer living and working in Vancouver. She is the co-host of two popular podcasts, Retail Nightmares and Super! Sick! Podcast! and the creator of Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me.

Corinne Manning is the author of the story collection We Had No Rules from Arsenal Pulp Press. Their work has been widely published including anthology selection in Toward an Ethics of Activism and Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault. 

Emily Dundas Oke is an emerging curator, interdisciplinary artist, and arts administrator. She is grateful to be the organizer and a co-curator of Indigenous Brilliance.

Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored three poetry books and a children’s book and co-edited two nonfiction collections. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals internationally.

Helen Knott is a Dane Zaa, nehiyaw and mixed Euro woman who released her debut memoir, In My Own Moccasins in the fall of 2019.

Mallory Tater is a writer from Ottawa living in Vancouver. Her debut novel is The Birth Yard (HarperCollins Canada, 2020). Mallory is the publisher of Rahila’s Ghost Press.

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