Guest Writers and Artists

Guest Writers and Artists


Alicia Elliot

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Guest writer Alicia Elliott

"The Colonialism-Depression Link: A Talk with Alicia Elliott"

January 27, 2021 (11am MST / 19pm GMT+1)

Reading from her award-winning book, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, Alicia Elliott will discuss the ways that colonialism has impacted Indigenous mental health to this day, and ways that cultural and linguistic resurgence can help.

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Alicia Elliott is a Haudenosaunee writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for The Washington Post, Chatelaine, Hazlitt and many others. Her essays have been nominated for National Magazine Awards, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, was a national bestseller in Canada, and nominated for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction, as well as the First Nations Community READ Indigenous Literature Award. Most recently, it won the 2020 Forest of Reading Evergreen Award.


Lucas Crawford

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Guest writer Lucas Crawford

"Belated Bris of the Brainsick: Reading and Chatter with Lucas Crawford"

February 10, 2021 (12pm MST / 20pm GMT+1)

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Lucas will read from his award-winning poetry book, Belated Bris of the Brainsick, which puts queer, trans, mad, maritime, and Jewish vernaculars into conversation.

Lucas Crawford is a poet and an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), where he researches and teaches at the nexus of queerness, transgender, space, body studies, and literature. Lucas is the author of Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space (Routledge, 2015), which makes a multi-disciplinary, humanities-based case for rethinking the spatiality of transgender and its discourses. Lucas is also the author of three poetry collections: Sideshow Concessions (2015), The High Line Scavenger Hunt (2018), and Belated Bris of the Brainsick (2019).


Cicely Belle Blain

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Guest writer Cicely Belle Blain

Burning Sugar: A Reading & Conversation with Cicely Belle Blain”

March 31, 2021 (10am MST / 18pm GMT+1)

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Cicely Belle Blain (they/them) is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression. They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver's 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine in 2018 and again in 2020, BC Business's 30 under 30 and one of Refinery 29's Powerhouses. Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University, the Editorial Director of Ripple of Change Magazine and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).


Sissel M. Bergh

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Sissel M. Bergh, gihtjie/ asking. Courtesy of the author.

Guest artist Sissel M. Bergh

April 28, 2021 (10am MST / 18pm GMT+1)

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Sissel M. Bergh is an artist from Southwest Sápmi/ Norway, working in cooperation with different kinds of knowledges. She realizes her work in different materials and techniques,  perhaps mirroring the flexibility demanded by life along this coast. Through film, objects, paintings, drawings, text and interactions, she investigates how to relate to and understand the physical and invisible world(s): How to reread relations, land, memory, power, magic, and even art itself. In recent years she has focused on the internal logic of the South Sámi language, in order to understand the local landscape and environment, and to change the story about our past. In 2019 she was part of Gøteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2020 she will be part of Nirin, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include“Okside rïhpesieh”(Doors opening) at Sámi Dáiddáguovdas in 2018. Bergh is educated at the National Academy of Fine Arts Oslo, and University of Technology in Durban, South Africa. She was based in Lusaka, Zambia for several years before she arrived in Tråante/Trondheim in 2009.