Open Readings: Centering Ourselves, featuring Katherena Vermette and Sonnet L’Abbé

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Join Faculty and Participants from Centering Ourselves: Writing in a Racialized Canada for an evening of intimate readings from works in progress.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses' Company), won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her first novel, The Break (House of Anansi), was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize. Her National Film Board short documentary, this river, won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short. In 2015, Portage and Main Press published her seven-volume children's picture book series, The Seven Teachings Stories. Katherena has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

Sonnet L’Abbé, Ph.D. was born in Toronto and is the author of A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2014. In 2013, L’Abbé travelled across the country for two months as the Artist-in-Motion for the 2017 Starts Now initiative hosted by CBC Radio-Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Via Rail. L’Abbé has taught at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and at the University of British Columbia; she currently lives on Vancouver Island and is a professor at Vancouver Island University. Her chapbook, Anima Canadensis, was published by Junction Books in 2016. For Signal Editions, she is editing a New Chapter-funded anthology, Resisting Canada, that focuses on the poetry of racialized and marginalized writers. Her next collection, Sonnet’s Shakespeare, which “colonizes” all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, will come out with McClelland and Stewart in 2018.