Program

The NAKED HEART program has 3 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.

Sessions cost $5, $10 or $15 to attend.
An all-access Festival Pass is $39 in advance, or $19 in advance for youth and seniors.
There are also a limited number of subsidized passes available – you can confidentially email erickson@gladdaybookshop.com for more information.

All spaces have wheelchairs accessible washrooms.
Sessions with ASL will have ASL interpretation.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11th

FRIDAY GLAD DAY
7:30pm-9:00pm BOOK LAUNCH:
Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by
Kai Cheng Thom

with
Gwen Benaway
jia qing wilson-yang
Joie Lamar
9:30pm – 1am

Naked Heart Festival Launch Party!

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12th

SATURDAY BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES
12 Alexander Street
GLAD DAY
499 Church Street
XTRA LOUNGE
2 Carlton Street
10:30-11:45am WORKSHOP:
Querying Agents: Letter & Strategy with M-E Girard

ASL

READING:
Speculative Brunch
David Demchuk
J.M. Frey
James K. Moran
Michael Lyons
‘Nathan Burgoine
Stephen Graham King
Steven Bereznai
WORKSHOP
Uncreative Writing and Cultural Appropriation with Jacqueline Valencia
12pm-1:15pm PANEL:
Deaf Writers On Access, Audience & Achievement
Carlisle Robinson
Maverick Smith
Raymond Luczak
Sage Willow

ASL

READING:
Lambda Award Winners
Felice Picano
Hasan Namir
Jeffrey Round
Trebor Healey
WORKSHOP:
Black Magic: Afro-Caribbean Futurism and Sci-Fi Writing Workshop with Lue Boileau

LUNCH

2pm-3:15pm PANEL:
You are Enough: How We Deal With The Voices That Tell Us We Are Amateurs & Imposters
Johnnie Walker
Samuel R. Delany
Tom Cho

ASL

READING:
Sneak Peek: Published Authors Share What They Are Working On Now
Christopher DiRaddo
Jessica L. Webb
Liz Bugg
Rachel Spangler
Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins
Workshop:
Memoir Writing Workshop with
Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco
3:30pm – 5pm SPECIAL EVENT:
SAMUEL R. DELANY: Sex Radical, Afro-Futurist and Grandmaster of
Science Fiction

ASL

WORKSHOP:
Femme Lineage Writing Workshop with Hannah Harris-Sutro
5:15pm – 6:30pm PANEL:
In Vulnerability: The Fragility, Fear & Resilience Of The Writer
Crystal Mars
Elliott DeLine
Farzana Doctor
Markus / Star
Rae Spoon

ASL

READING:
Your Femme Playlist
Catherine Hernandez
Kaleigh Trace
Kelita
Vero Diaz
Zainab Anoop Imam
WORKSHOP:
Eros On The Page
with Trebor Healey
7pm-8:30pm SPECIAL EVENT:
Queer Songbook Pocket Orchestra
Angela Semple
Audrey Dwyer
Fan Wu
Farzana Doctor
Gwen Benaway
Johnnie Walker
Katie Sly
Nordine
SPECIAL EVENT:
Felice Picano: An In-Depth Conversation with a Literary Legend
9pm-10:45pm READING & PERFORMANCE:
QTPOC Mash-Up
Anil Kamal
Audrey Dwyer
Dora Ng
janet romero-leiva
jia qing wilson-yang
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Nia Levy King
Mathis Bailey
Rasiqra Revulva
Shaunga Tagore
Troy Jackson
10:30pm – 2am

Party at Glad Day !

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th

SUNDAY BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES
12 Alexander Street
GLAD DAY
499 Church Street
THE 519
519 Church Street
10:30am-11:45am PANEL:
Too Queer or Not Queer Enough: Publisher Pressure and Reader Expectations
Elizabeth Ruth
Christian Baines
Nari
Rachel Spangler

ASL

PANEL:
Unsettled: Indigenous Writers on Land and Love
Angela Semple
Cherie Dimaline
Onanankkwaap
Teddy Syrette
Troy Jackson
12pm-1:15pm PANEL:
Presence From Absence: The Force of Grief and Loss
Barry Webster
David Lewis Peart
Meryn Cadell
Maureen Hynes
Christopher DiRaddo

ASL

READING:
Faith Full: Readings on Faith & Spirituality
El-Farouk Khaki
Farzana Doctor
Jaene F. Castrillon
Michaela Washburn
Tom Cho
PANEL:
East Asian Writers on Love, Sex & Gender
Catherine Hernandez
Dora Ng
jia qing wilson-yang
Terence Go
LUNCH
2pm-3:15pm PANEL:
Crip Writers on Representation, Publication & Transformation
Andrew Gurza
Kaleigh Trace
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Zainab Anoop Imam

ASL

READING:
Gender Border Bandits
Elliott DeLine
j wallace skelton
M. Milks
Markus / Star
Meryn Cadell
Rae Spoon
Sil Hernando
WORKSHOP:
Worlding – Creative Writing Workshop with Kristyn Dunnion
3:30pm-5pm

 

 

READING:
Poetic Devices
Crystal Mars
Eric Wright
Esther Harvey
Lynx Sainte-Marie
Masti Khor
Nari
Nordine
Onanankkwaap
Raymond Luczak
Sage Willow

ASL

SPECIAL EVENT:
Nia Levy King : What I learned about Queer and Trans Artists Of Colour
WORKSHOP:
Lyrical Looping Soundscapes with Olive-or-Oliver
5:15 – 6:30pm PANEL:
The Futility and Fertility of Shame
Kai Cheng Thom
Lynx Sainte-Marie
M. Milks
Shaunga Tagore

ASL

PANEL:
Tinta/Vida: An Intergenerational Latinx Writers Panel
Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco
Joie Lamar
Monica Garrido
Sil Hernando
Vero Diaz
WORKSHOP:
Yawn-free Literary Readings for Authors with Catherine Hernandez
7pm-8:15pm PANEL:
Multiple Tongues: When English Is Not Your First Language
Fan Wu
janet romero-leiva
Hasan Namir
Kamila Rina
Lydia Perovic
READING:
Out Of Bounds
Adam Zachary
Barry Webster
Mike Miksche
Monica Garrido
Nick Comilla
Russ Martin
PANEL:
And Still We Rise: The Power of Black Writing
Audrey Dwyer
Chimwemwe Undi
Esther Harvey
Kelita
Mathis Bailey
Nordine
9pm-10:45pm READING:
Grit Lit
Andrew Gurza
Christian Baines
Chimwemwe Undi
David Lewis Peart
Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco
JP Larocque
Johnnie Walker
Kamila Rina
Katie Sly
Kristyn Dunnion
Lue Boileau
Lydia Perovic
Terence Go