Festival Program 2017

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Angela Semple at Naked Heart 2016 (Photo: Mitchel Raphael)

The Naked Heart Festival program for 2017!

Click on the titles for more information about the sessions.
Check out the author’s list HERE to find out more about the incredible folks who will be sharing their gifts with us.

The NAKED HEART program has 3 main session types:

PANELS: A panel is a group of speakers who discuss a topic with a moderator and some audience participation.
WORKSHOPS: Our workshops focus on building skills, insight and knowledge. They are often interactive and are led by someone experienced and skilled on their topic.
READINGS: This is your classic literary event – it is a gathering of writers reading brief selections of their writing. There may be time for audience questions at the end.

VENUES
Glad Day Bookshop (GDB): 499 Church Street
Buddies in Bad Times (BBT): 12 Alexander Street
5SIX2 (562): 562 Church Street
All venues are wheelchair accessible

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

Glad Day Bookshop

7:30PM –
8:30PM
BOOK LAUNCH
Conform, Fail, Repeat: How Power Distorts Collective Action

with
Christopher Samuel
Tim McCaskell
9:00PM –
10:30PM
SPECIAL EVENT 
Naked Boys Reading

Readers to be announced
10:30PM –
LATE
DANCE PARTY !!!

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th

 LOCATION ->  GDB  562  BBT
11:00AM –
12:15PM
WORKSHOP
Queer Indie Comics: Do It Yourself! 
Casey Oraa
WORKSHOP
Playwriting & Dramaturgy for Emerging Writers
Cole Vincent
Sabah Haque
12:30PM –
1:45PM
WORKSHOP
Anatomy of Intersectionality
Ahmad Danny Ramadan
PANEL
Marrow & Memory: Indigenous Writers
Arielle Twist
Cherie Dimaline
Michaela Washburn
Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler
READING
In Suburbia
Catherine Hernandez
Casey Oraa
Mary Fairhurst Breen
Mathis Bailey
2:15PM –
3:30PM
READING
Blood, Guts & Gore
David Demchuk
Jes Sachse
Jessica L. Webb
Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler
WORKSHOP
Confessional Poetry 101: Writing Against Erasure
Gwendolywn Benaway
PANEL
South Asian Writers
Anil Kamal
Kamala Gopalakrishnan
Sabah Haque
Sanchari Sur
Tara Atluri
3:45PM –
5:00PM
WORKSHOP
Queer Futures: Writing Possibility
Eli Tareq Lynch
Sasha Tate-Horwarth
WORKSHOP
Public Readings For Authors
Catherine Hernandez
PANEL
How To Give Feedback That Matters
Billeh Nickerson
Casey Plett
Mathis Bailey
Meryn Cadell
Peter Dubé
5:15PM –
6:30PM
WORKSHOP
How To Be Your Own Editor
Farzana Doctor
PANEL
Building Family – In Writing And In Life
Jessica L. Webb
Jody Chan
Shaunga Tagore
Steven Sanchez
READING
Seizing/Dismantling Gender/Genre
Heath V. Salazar
Jin Haritaworn
Kristen Ringman
Megan Milks
Tom Cho
Trish Salah
7:00PM –
8:30PM
READING
First Person, Imperfect Tense
Joie Lamar
Karim Ladak
Meryn Cadell
Monica Garrido
Simone Makeba Dalton
READING
Bricolage
Casey Plett
Eli Tareq Lynch
Faye Chisholm Guenther
jiaqing wilson-yang
Michaela Washburn
Nina Nesseth
Peter Dubé
Troy Jackson
9:00PM –
10:30PM
READING
Grit Lit
Amber Dawn
Gwendolywn Benaway
Michael V. Smith
Mike Miksche
Mona Mousa
Poet On Watch
Queen Sheba
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th

 GDB   562 BBT
10:30AM –
11:45AM
READING
A Poetic Waltz
Patricia Wilson
David Bateman
WORKSHOP
When Grief is in the Cards
Carly Boyce
12:00PM –
1:15PM
DRAG BRUNCH WITH ERIN BROCKOBIĆ
12pm-3pm

Billeh Nickerson
Catherine Hernandez
Michael V. Smith
WORKSHOP
Shadow Writing
Hannah Harris-Sutro
PANEL
Corazón Desnudo – A Latinx Writers Panel
Heath V. Salazar
Joie Lamar
Monica Garrido
Omar Ramirez
2:00PM –
3:15PM
WORKSHOP
Messaging For Social Change
Poet On Watch
& Yvette Abrahams
WORKSHOP
Feelings
Alok Vaid-Menon
PANEL
Rebirth of the Author: Purpose and Process
Megan Milks
Terence A. Go
yes
3:30PM –
5:00PM
WORKSHOP
Transforming the Queer Experience Into Comics
Derrick Chow
READING
That Awkward Moment When….
Carol Rosenfeld
Farzana Doctor
Omar Ramirez
Terence A. Go
PANEL
I Am Not Your Hero
Amber Dawn
Jes Sachse
Kai Cheng Thom
Mona Mousa
5:15PM –
6:30PM
WORKSHOP
My Hand Is A Red Brick
Michael V. Smith
PANEL
Building Worlds, Across Genres
Carol Rosenfeld
Derrick Chow
Farzana Doctor
Queen Sheba
READING
Not To Be Upstaged
Anil Kamal
Audrey Dwyer
JP Larocque
Margo MacDonald
Sabah Haque
7:00PM –
8:15PM
READING
Racialized Is A Verb
Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Omar Ramirez
Natalie Wee
Sanchari Sur
Shaunga Tagore
Steven Sanchez
Tara Atluri
READING
Sticky Pages
Christopher Gudgeon
Fan Wu
Pierre-Luc Landry
Sky Gilbert
8:30PM –
10:30PM
READING
Blazing Femme
Alok Vaid-Menon
Arielle Twist
Clementine Morrigan
Jody Chan
Kai Cheng Thom
Kama La MacKerel
Kamala Gopalakrishnan
Kristyn Dunnion
Nairne Holtz
yes
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