Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Factory Reading Series @ VERSeFest: Faizal Deen + Marilyn Irwin, March 25, 2017

The Factory Reading Series
as part of the seventh annual VERSeFest poetry festival presents:

The Factory Reading Series Lecture Series, two talks and readings by:

Marilyn Irwin (Ottawa)
Faizal Deen (Ottawa)

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Saturday, March 25, 2017
1pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St. Ottawa

check the VERSeFest link for the full schedule of events!
March 21-26, 2017

Shortlisted for the 2016 bpNichol Award, a 2014 Tree Reading Series Hot Ottawa Voice, and winner of the 2013 Diana Brebner Prize, Marilyn Irwin’s work has been published by above/ground press, Apt. 9 Press, Arc Magazine, and Matrix Magazine, among others. Her seventh chapbook, waving usufruct; a collaboration with David Emery and Samantha Lapierre, was published by The Steel Chisel last year, and she will be launching a brand new chapbook with above/ground press: north. She runs shreeking violet press in Ottawa. She'll be talking about the crosshairs of mental health and literature making.

Faizal Deen Forrester is a doctoral student in the Department of English Language & Literature at Carleton University. As a contributor to the Migration and Diaspora Studies initiative at Carleton, Faizal seeks to address the ways in which the cultural production of Caribbean populations in Canada—in particular, the work of poets—encourages us to rethink existing notions of diasporic identity. Faizal has studied at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), McGill University; and, most recently, received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. As Faizal Deen, he maintains—along with his scholarly endeavours—an acclaimed poetry practice, beginning in 2000 with the publication of Land Without Chocolate, a Memoir, Guyana’s first LGBTQI poetry collection. His most recent collection, The Greatest Films, which, in part, addresses Caribbean queer Islamic identities in the post-9/11 era, was published by Mawenzi House.

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