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Lyric Collapse Edge & Riot

On Monday, June 5th, join Massy Arts Society, Massy Books for a literary reading featuring Angela Peńaredondo and guests.

By Massy Arts Society

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Date and time

Mon, Jun 5, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT


Massy Arts Society 23 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1S9 Canada

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On Monday, June 5th, join Massy Arts Society, Massy Books for a literary reading featuring Angela Peńaredondo, Mercedes Eng, Xiao Yue Shan, and Jane Shi, hosted by Hari Alluri. Authors will read new and selected works that embrace, locate, interrupt and when necessary weaponize the lyric voice. In this reading, writers invite these kinds of lyrical poetics that migrate through the tangled crosshairs of grief, gender injustice, queer dreaming, resistance, and diasporic histories.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

Registration is free, open to all and required for entrance. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site. Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

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Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Author Bios:

Angela Peñaredondo is a queer Filipinx writer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. Peñaredondo is the author of nature felt but never apprehended (Noemi Press), All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, Winner of Hillary Gravendyk Regional Prize) and the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications). Their work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets, Pleiades Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. They received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Kundiman, and Macondo; and awards from TinHouse, Community of Writers and others. They are an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino. Currently, they live in unceded Gabrielino/Tongvan territories, also known as Los Angeles with their partner and many cramped plants.

Mercedes Eng is the author of Mercenary English, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the BC Poetry Prize, and my yt mama. She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, organizes the On Edge reading series, and is Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University. She is dreaming and planting towards abolitionist futures.

Xiao Yue Shan is a poet born in Dongying, China and living on Vancouver Island. The chapbook, How Often I Have Chosen Love, won the Frontier Poetry Chapbook Prize and was published in 2019. The full-length collection, Then Telling Be the Antidote, won the Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in 2023.

Jane Shi is a queer Chinese settler living on the occupied, stolen, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Her writing has appeared in the Disability Visibility Blog, Briarpatch Magazine, The Offing, and Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press), among others. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review's 2022 Open Season Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is the winner of The Capilano Review’s 2022 In(ter)ventions in the Archive Contest and the author of the chapbook Leaving Chang’e on Read (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2022).

(moderator) Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is a migrant poet of Philippine and South Indian descent who lives, loves, and writes on unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and Kwantlen, Katzie and Kwikwetlem lands of Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking peoples. Siya is author of The Flayed City and chapbook Our Echo of Sudden Mercy and recipient of the Vera Manuel Award for Poetry, among other prizes, grants, fellowships and residencies. His work appears through these venues and elsewhere: Apogee, Dream Marrow (Burnaby Art Gallery), Marías at Sampaguitas, Poetry, poetry in canada and—via Split This Rock—Best of the Net 2022.

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Massy Arts Society

Massy Arts Society is a community hub dedicated to supporting the practices of Indigenous and underrepresented artists.

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