Festival Program 2018

 

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Naked Heart 2017

The Naked Heart Festival Program 2018

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
562 Church (562): 562 Church Street
All venues are wheelchair accessible.

You can view and download a pretty google doc HERE

Or check out the table below:

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th
6:30PM – 8:30 PM
GLAD DAY

SPECIAL EVENT

SICK THEORIES : SICKNESS AND SEXUALITY
POST-CONFERENCE SOCIAL
This is the wind down of the Sick Theories conference. It’s a time to reflect on the events and connect with each other. There will also be short readings by authors sprinkled through the evening.
9:00PM – 10:30PM
GLAD DAY

READING

WE WILL NOT BE ERASED

ARIELLE TWIST
HEATH V. SALAZAR
LEE AIRTON
MANDY GOODHANDY
SANCHARI SUR
TERRENCE ABRAHAMS
hosted by CHARLIE C PETCH
An evening of readings by trans, non-binary & genderqueer authors.

10:30PM – 2:00AM
GLAD DAY

SPECIAL EVENT

TRANSDANGEROUS!
A DANCE PARTY
with DJ NIK RED
Let’s burn down the binary on the dance floor!

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th
11AM – 12:15PM
BUDDIES

PANEL

THE WRITER’S HUSTLE

AHMED DANNY RAMADAN
BÄNOO ZAN
KAI CHENG THOM

How do we pay those bills? How do find the energy to write? How do institutions like Can Lit, publishers and Pride Festivals support or deny us? How do we push back against the isolation that Capitalism creates?

GLAD DAY

WORKSHOP

WITNESS

with TYLER PENNOCK

Participants learn the process of how to bring a story forward into the world from within themselves – this form of storytelling is a form of parallel creation, where the details of the original story are never repeated.

562 CHURCH
WORKSHOP
IT’S IN THE STARS:
BUILDING CHARACTERS BASED ON ASTROLOGYwith DEBRA ANDERSONFor this creative writing workshop, you don’t need to know anything about astrology to attend. All you do is write! I will launch us from the fun foundation of the zodiac as a place of inspiration.
12:30PM – 1:45PM
BUDDIES
PANEL
# METOO

ALEX CAFARELLI
CLEMENTINE MORRIGAN
DORIANNE EMMERTON
TYLER PENNOC

Survivors reflect on how experiences of sexual assault or harassment informs their work, the relationship between writing and healing, the legacy of trauma and what a future of increased justice and solidarity might look like.

562 CHURCH
WORKSHOP 
UNRULY VISIONS : Writing Unruly Bodies in Fiction

with SANCHARI SUR

What are unruly bodies? How are they written into fiction? Who can write them? These are some of the questions that will be discussed and pondered upon during this workshop.

2:15PM – 3:30PM
BUDDIES

BOOK LAUNCH
nîtisânak BY LINDSAY NIXON
with special guestsHow do you honour blood and chosen kin with equal care? A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, Lindsay Nixon’s nîtisânak is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same.
GLAD DAY

PANEL
QUEER EST UN MOT FRANÇAIS!

AMÉLIE DUMOULIN
PIERRE-LUC LANDRY
SYLVIE BÉRARD
avec ARNAUD BAUDRYJoignez-vous à nous pour une lecture public entièrement en français réunissant trois auteur·e·s primé·e·s: Pierre-Luc Landry, gagnant du Prix du livre d’Ottawa pour Les corps extraterrestres [Listening for Jupiter] (2015); Amélie Dumoulin, gagnante du Prix des libraires dans la catégorie Jeunesse 12-17 Québec pour Fé M F (2015); et Sylvie Bérard, gagnante du Prix Trillium dans la catégorie poésie de langue française pour Oubliez (2017).
562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP
WRITING MAGIC

with SABRINA SCOTT

We commune with queer and trans ancestors, channel divinity, and manifest magic in our lives. But how can we translate all of these often wordless and deeply embodied experiences into writing? Walk away with writing techniques and prompts that merge spiritual practice and creative practice, writing and/as ritual.

3:45PM – 5:00PM
BUDDIES

SPECIALEVENT
LEGENDARY CONVERSATIONS:
JEWELLE GOMEZ interviewed by KIM KATRIN MILANWe are thrilled to have Jewelle Gomez at Naked Heart in a rare Toronto appearance. The legendary writer, poet, activist, organizer and author of the first Black Lesbian vampyre novel (The Gilda Chronicles) will be interviewed by the always dynamic Kim Katrin Milan.
GLAD DAY

BOOK LAUNCH
SWELLING WITH PRIDE
QUEER CONCEPTION AND ADOPTION STORIESSARA GRAEFE (editor)
GAIL MARLENE SCHWARTZ
JANE BYERS
JO JEFFERSON
KIRA MEYERS-GUIDEN
RACHEL EPSTEIN
SUSAN MEYERS
SUSAN G. COLE

In Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories, creative non-fiction writers celebrate LGBTQ2 families and the myriad of ways we embark upon our parenting journeys.
562 CHURCH
WORKSHOP
SUBJECT LINE: SUBMISSION 
(GETTING YOUR WRITING SUBMISSION-READY)with TERRENCE ABRAHAMSOverwhelmed by the amount of lit mags out there? Unsure if your work is the right fit for any of them? Feeling a little less than confident about the submission process? From poetry to creative non-fiction, this workshop will look at how to best prepare you and your writing for submission to literary journals and beyond.
5:15PM – 6:30PM
BUDDIES

PANEL
SPECTRUMS OF SANITY
MENTAL HEALTH AND THE WRITER
GREG WONG
HANA SHAFI
PETER KNEGT
SLY SARKISOVA
STAR SPIDERRevisiting one of the most significant panels of the first Naked Heart Festival in 2015, writers openly share their struggles and strategies when mental health becomes a source of creativity or crisis in the writing process.
GLAD DAY

BOOK LAUNCH
THE TIGER FLU 
by LARISSA LAI with special guests:
FARZANA DOCTOR
SHANI MOOTOO
SHYAM SELVADURAICelebrate the launch of ‘The Tiger Flu’ by Larissa Lai with readings by Shani Mootoo, Farzana Doctor and, of course, Larissa Lai. After the readings there will a brief time for questions, followed by a book signing.
7:30PM – 8:45PM
BUDDIES

SPECIAL EVENT
LEGENDARY CONVERSATIONS:  
LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHAinterviewed by KAI CHENG THOMA prolific writer, cultural worker and teacher, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s legacy echoes through the literary world and grassroots organizing.

Kai Cheng Thom will host this in-depth interview with Leah, exploring the complexities of care work and the dynamics of ‘social justice’, imperfection, pedestals, self care and love.

GLAD DAY



READING

ARABESQUE: THE Q IN THE ARABIA

AHMED DANNY RAMADAN
BASHAR LULU JABBOUR
KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE
MONA FAITH MOUSA
NARI
hosted by KEROLOS SALEIB

Queer and Trans voices are emerging from the Middle East after years of silencing and muting by Homophobia, dictatorships, and Arab Springs. Join those Arabian artists as they tell you the beautiful truths about being apart of a community of queers that have for too long gone invisible.

562 CHURCH

PANEL
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

ARIELLE TWIST
DAVID KINGSTON YEH
JODY CHAN
SHAUNGA TAGORE

Has queer pain eclipsed queer love in our literary tradition? Why is it so hard for us to write about love without sarcasm, mockery and cynicism? What is the relationship between love and critique, between love and justice? These heavy-hitting writers take on these heavy-hitting questions and more.

9:00PM – 10:45PM
GLAD DAY



READING

GRIT LIT

DAVID KINGSTON YEH
JOIE LAMAR
HANA SHAFI
MANDY GOODHANDY
PETER KNEGT
ROLYN CHAMBERS
DORIANNE EMMERTON
SABRINA SCOTT
SHYAM SELVADURAI
SLY SARKISOVA

Unpredictable. Unashamed. And sometimes uncomfortable. This is Grit Lit. With gritty resolve these authors offer a look at pleasure and pain, tough truths and reclaiming desire with bad ass disruption and dignity.

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP
EXPLORING PLAYWRITING AND DRAMATURGY

with SABAH HAQUE

Explore methods for playwriting and new play dramaturgy to help you start, develop, or finish an idea for a live performance piece. After checking in with where you are at, we’ll move through some methods, and exercises to help you move forward in your playwriting and new play dramaturgy journey.

10:30AM – 12:15PM
BUDDIES

WORKSHOP
THE AUTHOR FOUNDRY: THE
UN-ARTISTIC ASPECTS OF YOUR SUBMISSION PACKAGE
with SHERYL WRIGHT

In this session, Sheryl will take you through the basics of building your submission package and researching each publisher’s requirements to be sure you nail everything they ask for while avoiding the trip-wires that can tank any proposal. This session will focus on investigating the submission package requirements, creating a Hook for your Cover Letter, and the essence of an Author Bio.
GLAD DAY

WORKSHOP
ZINE MAKING TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY AND BEAUTY OF ALL BODIES

with AMANDA SCRIVER

For the folks who fall outside the normative, having their bodies ignored by the media and ridiculed in society isn’t new.In this body positive zine, we want to ask: what does it mean and look like to practice self-love and engage in positive body love and why is it important to celebrate body liberation?

12:00PM – 3:00PM
GLAD DAY

SPECIAL EVENT
DRAG BRUNCH – NAKED HEART EDITION!

AHMED DANNY RAMADAN
ERIN BROCKOBIĆ
GREG WONG
MOCHILA
TEDDY SYRETTE

It’s Glad Day’s weekly Drag Brunch hosted by ERIN BROCKOBIĆ! In addition to the drag to you love every week, there will be guest authors dropping by to share some of their punchy words and sharp wit.

12:00PM – 1:15PM
BUDDIES

PANEL
POLICING THE BODY – RESISTANCE AND RENEWAL

AMANDA SCRIVER
ANTHONY OLIVIERA
FATIMA JAMAL
SABRINA SCOTT

Our bodies are under attack, often by forces of power and authority. Often by the police themselves. What strategies do we use to disrupt and defy this discourse? How do we care for ourselves and others in the face of this violence?

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP
A JOURNEY IN RAINBOW MOCCASINS

with TEDDY SYRETTE

This workshop is facilitated by a 2-Spirit storyteller who engages participants to have small and large group discussions about the intersectional beauty and barriers of 2-Spirit/queer-trans Indigenous people.

2:00PM – 3:15PM
BUDDIES

PANEL
CELEBRATING MARVELLOUS GROUNDS: QUEER OF COLOUR HISTORIES OF TORONTO

LEZLIE LEE KAM
SHAUNGA TAGORE
TARA ATLURI
WY JOUNG KOU
Hosted by ALVIS CHOI

Join these queer of colour authors and the Marvellous Grounds collective for readings and a panel discussion about queer of colour stories and Marvellous Grounds’ brand new books.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP
WRITING SEX FOR TRAUMA SURVIVORS

with ALEX CAFARELLI

Is there a sexy story you’re burning to write or re-write? Do you want to develop your own queer smut, lusty leather poems, or hot role play scripts? Writing Sex for Trauma Survivors is a hands-on workshop for new and seasoned writers who are ready to get their hands dirty with words.

3:30PM – 4:45PM
BUDDIES

PANEL
UNCOMMITTED CRIMES 
THE DEFIANCE OF THE ARTISTIC IMAGI/NATIONTARA ATLURI
FARRAH MARIE MIRANDA
ELISHA LIM
JOSHUA VETTIVELU
KERRY POTTS
SYRUS MARCUS WARE

Tara Atluri has written Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagi/nation as a tribute to Two Spirited, racialized, Transgender, queer, gender-queer, and feminist artists who deviate from the mainstream and create art that engages with questions of societal oppression, survival, and resistance. This panel brings together some of the inspiring artists whose work is discussed in the pages of this text in the real time of Turtle Island and all of its histories of dissent.
GLAD DAY

PANEL
FIRST PERSON – ETHICS & EXPERIENCE

MANDY GOODHANDY
MICHAEL LYONS
ROLYN CHAMBERS

What are the ethics of writing in the first person? How do we negotiate self-reflection, self-indulgence, self-harm, self-esteem and self-sabotage? These local authors will reflect on the complexities of writing about sex, community, culture, history, their friends and themselves.

562 CHURCH

PANEL
ABLE TO SHARE

COLE FORREST
JEWELLE GOMEZ
MUGABI BYENKYA
hosted by ANDREW GURZA

What accommodations or interventions are possible when we are faced with socially-constructed barriers based on our bodies and perceived abilities? How does our writing and storytelling build a bridge while simultaneously making us a target?

5:15PM – 6:30PM
BUDDIES

PANEL
INTERSECTIONALITY

LARISSA LAI
MONA FAITH MOUSA
VIDAL WUHow does our awareness of intersectionality ebb and flow? How are audiences responding to our insistent intersectionality? What forces are still trying to deny or distort our intersectional theory, work and lived experience?
GLAD DAY

WORKSHOP
WE ALL GOT OUR HIV 

A MULTI-MEDIA CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

with THOM VERNON

In this workshop, participants are invited to explore their own experience of living with stigma (HIV, queerness, racism, trauma, differing mobilities/capacities, and others) and othering using creative writing and multimedia strategies , text, “cut-ups”  to create activate the origins and perpetuations of stigma.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP
SEX WRITING 101

with KATE SLOAN

This is an introduction to creative, ethical, and logistical considerations involved in writing personal nonfiction about sex. Learn what makes a sex story worth writing, how to ensure the safety and comfort of the people you write about (and yourself), and how to weave your sexcapades into striking, cohesive narratives.

7:00PM – 8:15PM
GLAD DAY

READING
RACIALIZED IS A VERB

BÄNOO ZAN
COLE FORREST
FIONA RAYE CLARKE
LARISSA LAI
SHAUNGA TAGORE
TARA ALTURI
VIDAL WU

These racialized writers fill the space with their words.

562 CHURCH

PANEL
WRITING FROM THE NON-BINARY

HEATH V SALAZAR
JORDAAN MASON
LEE AIRTON
SANCHARI SUR

How does writing from a non-binary perspective impact the creative practice, process and product? What are the joys and frustrations of non-binary representation?

8:30PM – 10:00PM
GLAD DAY

READING
BLAZING FEMME

JEWELLE GOMEZ
LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA
FATIMA JAMAL
ALEX CAFARELLI
CLEMENTINE MORRIGAN
DEBRA ANDERSON
DORIANNE EMMERTON
ELIO IANNACCI

Queer femme writers end the festival in a blaze of lit glory.

 

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