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FREE SHOW – Book Launch with Amber Dawn – June 13th at Venus Envy!

Hey, folks!
 
So VoV alumna, Lammy-award-winner, and all-around awesome Femme, Amber Dawn is doing a tour to launch her awesome new book of Glosas, Where the Words End and My Body Begins.
 
Her Ottawa stop will be a FREE show on Saturday, June 13th at Venus Envy. The show will start at at 7:30pm, will feature local performers Allison Armstrong and Kalyani Pandya, and will include a sex-positive write-in (audience non-mandatory participation, YAY) during the show.
 
There will be love-letters to queerdom, poetry about queer history, femme identity, modeling, & sexwork, short stories told and read, and, as the flyer puts it, a whole lot of “sex, sass, humour, and healing”.
 
In short, you should all come.
 

FREE show ft Amber Dawn, Kalyani Pandya, and ME!
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venus Envy (226 Bank St, Ottawa)

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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.

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. 😀
 
 
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).

Final Instalment of VoV’s Monthly Showcase

So, as you know, next month marks VoV’s fourth anniversary.
 
To mark the occasion, our show will include multiple feature performers and, of course, cupcakes for all to enjoy. Partly this is to celebrate four years of women’s live lit and spoken word in Ottawa; but it’s also a farewell party that will take us out with a bang.
 
Next month’s show, May 8th, will be VoV’s final instalment as a monthly showcase.
While Voices of Venus will continue to run Special Presentations as and when we have the opportunity to do so, I can no-longer financially support this showcase and, thus, it’s time for me to move on to other adventures.
 
You all, of course, have been utterly wonderful, and I absolutely treasure what we’ve made together. 🙂
 
Thank you.