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Late Night Series: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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Big Secret Theatre

205 8th Avenue SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9

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Wordfest presents award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson as she performs her collection of stories and songs called This Accident of Being Lost, accompanied by Cris Derksen, Nick Ferrio, and Ansley Simpson. Regarded as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation, Simpson uses her gift of writing to not only rebirth a decolonized reality but to teach others to do the same.

Presented in partnership with the Calgary Foundation.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar and musician, and is a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is the author of three previous books, including Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of three anthologies. Simpson has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost.

This Accident of Being Lost

The visionary short stories and songs in This Accident of Being Lost build upon Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention. The provocateur and poet continually rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives and comfortable categorization. Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting ‘ARE THEY GETTING IT?’; lovers visit the last corner of the boreal forest; and three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper middle-class neighbourhood.

Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.

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