Short Story Collection by Winnipeg Author Casey Plett

So, having heard about this awesome event happening in Montreal on June 5th, I thought I’d point you all towards Winnipeg author Casey Plett‘s anthology of short stories, A Safe Girl to Love – A collection of eleven stories about young trans women “[...] stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love. These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.”
The event will also feature Toronto writer and performance artist Morgan M. Page and a number of writers and performers from the U.S. If you’re in Montreal in early June, do check it out.

Upcoming Show ft Philosi-Fire

syrens:

Words to Live By ft upcoming spoken word artist Philosi-Fire.

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Hey all,

Just wanting to toss this out for folks who attended the Sisters in Slam show at VERSeFest recently.
Philosi-Fire, winner of this year’s Women’s Slam, will be featuring at Words to Live By later this month.

Words to Live By ft Philosi-Fire
April 29th, 2014
Pressed Cafe (750 Gladstone, just west of Bronson)
Doors: 7pm
Cover: $7 or free if you sign up for the open mic


Philosi-fire is a free spirit who has a habit of daydreaming at unsuitable times and gets excited about spring, birthdays, and watching the current of the Ottawa river. She spends most of her time creating schedules only to not follow them so that she can make new ones. Despite her optimistic views, Philosi-Fire’s poetry expresses the bitter and unspoken side of life. Her goal is to have a positive impact on the world even if the world means just one person.

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THEM – Call For Submissions from Trans Writers

On a tangentially-related-to-this-post note, trans women (and other trans folks) reading this may wish to take a look at the submission guidelines for THEM (literary journal of trans writing).
 
From their website:

THEM accepts poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, experimental writing, and pretty much anything. THEM is especially excited by writing that is particular, writing that doesn’t appeal to “being trans*” as if it were one, complete narrative. We are not just trans*. Race, class, ability, size, and sexuality constitute and distribute the oppression of trans* folks. [...]
Feel free to write outside convention: our bodies don’t always pass, neither does our writing. Surprise us.

 
Do go and have a look.
 
 
TTFN,
A.

All of the Awesome in One Festival. OMG.

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Rogues. You may wish to take a gander at the VERSeFest 2014 Schedule, as it is fucking awesome.
 
These are just a few of the brilliant poets who will be strutting their stuff the March:
Lenelle Moïse, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Mary Pinkoski, D-Lightfull, Sarah de Leeuw, Marilyn Irwin, Philoso-Fire, Sarah Clancy, Sandra Alland, Selina Boan, Amanda Earl, Nina Berkhout, Liz Lochhead, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Katherena Vermette, Sue Goyette, Karen Connelly, Susan Gillis, Margaret Christakos, Moe Clark, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Danielle K. L. Gregoire, Mary Ruefle, and buckets more.
 
I don’t know about you, but I’m very fucking excited. :-D
 
 
TTFN,
A.

Writing Trans Genres (Conference; Call for Proposals)

Attention, trans writers, particularly Canadian trans writers, as well as gender-lit geeks of all stripes and localities:
 
Winnipeg will be playing host to the Writing Trans Genres conference, this May 22-24, 2014.
 
This sounds like it could be hella cool.
 
From their website:

Inspired by conferences such as Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots and anthologies like This Bridge Called My Back, this conference aims to develop critical lenses for reading trans literatures. One needn’t be an academic to do intellectual work, and writers, readers and community members can and do engage critically without being situated within the university. This call for proposals is an invitation to writers, performers, critics, scholars, activists and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.
 
Inspirée d’événements telles Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots, de même que d’anthologies telles This Bridge Called My Back, cette conférence vise à contribuer aux développements de perspectives critiques dans la lecture des littératures trans. Nul besoin d’être universitaire afin de s’engager dans le travail intellectuel. En effet, écrivain.e.s, lecteur.trice.s et membres de la communauté contribuent déjà à une pensée critique qui n’est pas contrainte par nos institutions universitaires. D’ailleurs, la capacité de répondre et/ou confronter – to speak back – les milieux académiques dans la production du savoir est cruciale à cette entreprise critique. Certes, nous vivons maintenant dans un contexte où écrivain.ne.s two spirit, genderqueer, et trans jouissent d’opportunités de publication sans précédent dans les milieux commerciaux, littéraires et académiques, en plus d’avoir créé nos propres revues et maisons d’édition. Or, il importe d’autant plus de rappeler que l’accès à ces forums continue d’être relatif, alors que de multiples formes de privilèges et d’oppression, de même que les appréhensions politiques et esthétiques de certains, continuent d’infléchir nos positions. Cet appel à propositions est une invitation aux écrivain.e.s, artistes, critiques, ainsi qu’aux membres de la communauté à participer au développement de contextes critiques pour la lecture et l’interprétation d’un corpus émergent de littérature par (et à propos) des écrivain.e.s trangenre, transsexuel.le.s, two spirit et genderqueer.

 
See what I mean? Also, it’s bilingual, by the looks of things, so YAY.
 
Their call for proposals is open now, and you can download it here (English) et ici (français).

Women’s Slam 2014

syrens:

This year’s women’s slam is coming up THIS WEEK at Pressed Cafe! Show at 7:15
Cover = $8 at the door (free for competing poets). All women-identified poets welcome to slam. Who’s gonna be there? :-D

Originally posted on VERSeOttawa:

It’s back!
This year, VERSeOttawa is teaming up with the Capital Poetry Collective to bring you Women’s Slam 2014.
No qualifying rounds, all women-identified poets welcome, just step up to the mic and slam.
 
Where: Pressed Cafe
Date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 (that’s this week!)
Doors & Sign-Up: 6:45
Show: 7:15
Cover: $8 at the door (free for competing poets)

 
 
Twelve spots available. Everybody slams twice, with a three-minute time limit on poems.
 
We’re doing things a little differently this year:
In the past, the Women’s Slam Showcase features were determined via a series of qualifying slams and a finals. The top 4 poets from the finals then went onto feature at the showcase as part of the VerseFest programming- each receiving a 20-25 minute solo set.
This year, instead of having a series of qualifying rounds and a final, we’ve pre-determined 3 of the…

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