If you haven’t read the autobiography of Mourning Dove, I would highly recommend this book. The text is full of insights into a Salish women’s experience of learning and adapting to a colonial way of living while simultaneously keeping her own Indigenous culture alive!
Well, I have recently completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Creative Writing! Reaching this goal has been immensely satisfying. I am booked for two poetry readings in the month of May which is exciting! I am also nervous as I have always been fearful of public speaking. How do you handle public speaking? Any fears as well? Breathing techniques?
I have also applied for my first writing grant from the Canada Council for the Arts-Aboriginal Emerging Writers in Residence. I will cross my fingers and pray to the Creator to influence decisions : )
New poems will be up shortly!
A great article which identifies the invisibility of White Privilege and exposes why this concept is so dangerous in perpetuating inequality. If a person is unaware of their privilege that means this colonial construction of power is working successfully and no change can take place : (
When I first starting writing poetry and developing my voice, I too was unaware that I could write honestly about where I come from. This discussion brings to light marginalization and the effects of the colonial dominant culture.
The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie
I have been invited to read some of my poetry at the Fertility Festival which will be located at the Summerhill Winery in the Sunny Okanagan. I can picture this event feeling so alive and vibrant. Artists of all genres and the cultural influence of the Okanagan People will invite such an amazing atmosphere for people of all ages! Click on the link for further information. Summer is almost upon us : )
Magical Realism! I am just doing some research on this genre and found this great website/Zine which explores poetry, fiction, and non-fiction related to Magical Realism.
It is so interesting as a reader to be taken along a journey which explores fantastical elements that are situated in the “real” world. I am reading a novel by a great and powerful mastermind of words, Ben Okri, called “The Famished Road”. It is a must read! I am so inspired that my next short story will be focused on further exploring this genre in my own writing : )