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Black Words Matter: Celebrating Black Literary Achievement
Tue, 23 February 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
The National Reading Campaign in partnership with TD Bank present an evening of performances, readings and panel discussion celebrating Black literary achievement. We'll also have live music and a reception to follow!
When: February 23 | 7:00pm
Where: National Gallery of Canada | 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Sylvia Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her award-winning documentary films as well as her publications. Her films have been invited to festivals in Canada and abroad, and have been telecast on CBC Television, BRAVO, VISION, TVO and The Knowledge Network. She was the co-editor of We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History, the first collection of its kind published in Canada. Her latest poetry collection And I Alone Escaped to Tell You was a finalist for the 2015 League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the East Coast Literary J.M. Abraham Poetry Award. Sylvia has been widely recognized for her work film work as well. These include a Gemini, The Portia White Prize, CBC Television Pioneer Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor at University of King's College, in Halifax.
Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. In 2014-2015, Williams was the Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary. He has also held residencies or fellowships at the Leighton Artists’ Colony at the Banff Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy. He completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and currently works as an English professor. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.
Obi Simic was born and raised in a small suburb off the island of Montreal. Her love of the human mind fueled her interest in mental health, ultimately, leading her to an honours psychology degree from the University of Ottawa. Creative writing is Obi’s passion and the unique mixture of her Nigerian, Jamaican and Québécois culture is charmingly explored in her gripping debut novel, Getting Over Yonder. Obi lives in the nation’s capital, where she is currently hard at work on her second novel, And So I Danced.
Cecil Foster is an author of several acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction. He is one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals on issues of citizenship, culture, multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration. Born in Barbados, his fiction is often described as post-colonial in terms of the Caribbean. Also a well-respected journalist and columnist, Foster has worked with major print and broadcast media in the Caribbean and Canada. He is currently Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Director of Canadian Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Adrian Harewood is the co-host of CBC News Ottawa.
JustJamaal is an Ottawa-based page and stage poet who uses song, acting and kinetic energy to deliver his style of poetry to the eardrum of the heartbeat