Transcending the Narrative: Trans Women & Surthrivance

Join four luminous trans women as they discuss and share their methods of storytelling and truth sharing in a world that would rather they not. CanLit is not safe for Trans Women and all four writers here, jaye simpson, Kai Cheng Thom, Hazel Jane Plante, and Gwen Benaway, are rejecting the normalization of this by having hard conversations time and time again. Their voices, power and light are only growing, but is enough being done in time? This necessary dialogue brings you nuance, vulnerability and upfront honesty as these radiant transfemmes discuss telling stories at the end of the world.

Event Type: Reading
Event Code: RET/SUN-4
Venue: Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University
Date: Sunday, March 15, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2020

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Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has written four collections of poetry.

Hazel Jane Plante is a queer trans librarian, cat photographer, and writer. Her debut novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) was published in fall 2019 by Metonymy Press.

jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux queer writer residing in what is colonially known as Vancouver. Their work has been featured across Turtle Island in print, performance and multimedia platforms. 

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, community facilitator and healer based in Toronto.  She is the author of four award-winning books, including the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir and the children’s book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea. Kai Cheng’s latest book is her essay collection, I Hope We Choose Love, an exploration of transformative justice and the ethics of love in social justice activism.