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A Conversation on Queer Mentorship @ QAF 2020

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Hiromi Goto and Erica Isomura explore the nuances of intergenerational mentorship as queer POC writers.

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Hiromi Goto, an emigrant from Japan, gratefully resides on the Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories. She’s the author of many books. Her first graphic novel, Shadow Life, with artist Ann Xu, is pending with First Second Books. Hiromi is currently being guided by land-based learning and at work on a second graphic novel.

Erica Isomura (@ericahiroko) is an emerging writer and community organizer living on unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil Waututh homelands. In 2019, Erica's work won Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing In The Margins contest, selected by Alicia Elliott. She is coping with the pandemic by drawing quarantine comics and creating poetic installations in her living room window.

All online events at the 2020 Queer Arts Festival are by donation to improve accessibility. We rely on ticket sales and donations to bring you Vancouver's only transdisciplinary professional arts festival dedicated to showing the work of 2SLGBTQ+ artists. Now more than ever your donations are critical! Donors who give over $20 will be mailed a charitable tax receipt.

Queer Arts Festival: Wicked July 16 - July 26 | Queer Arts Festival 2020

QAF’s Wicked reimagines identity politics, exposing the implications of homonormativity as erasure. This past decade has seen the mainstreaming of gay; sexual difference wins approval so long as it is palatable, marketable, and doesn’t stray too far from bourgeois notions of taste and morality. The commodification of queer experience is inextricably linked to the pathologization of the queer body, where medical and sociological interventions adjudicate which anatomies and passions are accepted as authentic.

There’s no place like home for the Wicked Witch of the West, green by devilment and through her magical aberrance. QAF 2020 forsakes the yellow brick road that leads only to a man behind a curtain gentrifying our desires. Instead, QAF revels in the quintessentially queer traditions of scandal and excess with visual art, performance, theatre, music, dance and literary events!

QAF’s Wicked runs 11 days from our digital hub, coming soon. Highlights include Jonny Sopotiuk’s visual arts curation; choreographer Noam Gagnon’s raucously vulnerable Swan Song, This Crazy Show; Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation’s Too Spirited; and the latest offering from non-binary drag collective The Darlings.

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

― Oscar Wilde

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