Whatever Gets You Through

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Through the voices of twelve diverse writers, Whatever Gets You Through offers a powerful look at the narrative of sexual assault not covered by the headlines—the weeks, months, and years of survival and adaptation that people live through in its aftermath. From ice hockey to kink, boxing to tapestry-making, these striking personal essays address experiences as varied as the writers who have lived them. With candour and insight, each writer shares their own unique account of enduring: the everyday emotional pain and trauma, but also the incredible resilience and strength that can emerge in the aftermath of sexual assault.

Free refreshments and snacks provided.

Event Type: Reading
Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 16, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019



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.


Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. She lives on the unceded, ancestral and the traditional lands of the Musqueam, the Squamish and the Tsleil Waututh people.

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.


Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist, and author of Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday NightDaydreams of Angels, andWisdom in Nonsense – Invaluable Lessons From My Father.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the Lambda Award winning author of TonguebreakerCare Work: Dreaming Disability JusticeDirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way HomeBodymapLove Cake, and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities.


Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Gentlemen of the Shade.

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