The Might of the Pen: Writing as a Political Act

From personal story to painful historical truths, the politics of who and what we write about, and how we write about it, can breed timeless literary works and be a powerful driver of social change. What counts as a political act? Is all writing inherently political? What are the ethics of writing truths across various genres and publishing platforms? Join Alicia Elliott, Elizabeth Renzetti, and Canisia Lubrin in a powerful conversation about the impact of storytelling, and what happens when truth, creativity, and politics collide.

Event Type: Panel
Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 16, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Alicia Elliott is an award-winning Tuscarora writer. Her book of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, will be available from Doubleday in March 2019.


Elizabeth Renzetti is the author of Shrewed, a collection of essays, and the novel Based on a True Story. She is a columnist and feature writer with the Globe and Mail.



Canisia Lubrin, editor, critic educator and awards-nominated cross-genre writer of Voodoo Hypothesis(2017), has contributed to journals, anthologies, TV, radio, festivals and stages on four continents.