Missing Person in Ottawa FOUND

Originally posted on syrens:

I’d have posted this sooner, but (a) I was out of town at Unholy Harvest, and (b) I haven’t had internet access since last Thursday afternoon (it was hooked up in the new house yesterday, but only started working this morning).

Nyk Morrigan has been found. She’s safe, she’s okay enough to be able to talk to people on the phone. I have no other details and I don’t need any.

Thank you to everyone who spread the word, re-blogged, and sent the Woo her way. I was so sure that her body would be pulled out of the river, and I can’t entirely express how happy and relieved I am to have been wrong about that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!


On a related note: If you would like other people to experience this kind of relief, or you want to “pay it forward”…

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Missing Person in Ottawa – Help & please spread the word

Nyk Morrigan / Laura Way: 36 years old. 5’4″.
Blue eyes + short, bright redish-burgundy hair.
Small nose-stud on right side. Eyebrow piercing on left side. Butterfly tattoo on upper-left chest.
No clothing description available. Believed to be traveling from Barhaven to Gatineau on the city bus around 8:15pm on Tuesday, October 7th.
If you know her whereabouts or have any information to share, please call the police at:
613-2361222 ext 2912

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.

Originally posted on VERSeOttawa:

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.