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Poetry Workshop with Violet Drake

Art as a Tool for Change Symposium
March 4, 12-1:30 PM

Online Event
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Developing Queer Poetics at the Atlantic Edge.

This workshop will explore how to develop your own poetic voice as 2SLGBTQ+ islanders here in Ktaqmkuk (colonially known as Newfoundland & Labrador).

How do 2SLGBTQ+ folks do poetry here at the Atlantic Edge? What impact do place and environment have upon the poetic process for creators on the rock? What do you have to say as a poet here on the island, and why?

During this community dialogue guided by Violet Drake, we will creatively and critically explore identity construction through storytelling, vocal development through writing and performance, and how issues of representation and exclusion complicate the lives and practices of gender and sexually diverse creators playing with poetry residing in Ktaqmkuk.

Violet Drake is a white settler disabled queer+trans writer, visual artist, actor, & activist born and raised in the coastal community of Lawn on the Burin Peninsula. Now based in St. John’s, her multidisciplinary experimental practice has been self-taught since youth, writing hybrid poetry and designing mixed media digital illustration since the age of 13. Blending life narrative, land-based photography, self-portraiture, performance, and autoethnography, her work emerges from her conceptual framework of trans+corporeal cartographies and existential ecologies. Her work has been exhibited and performed at artist-run centres, galleries, stages, festivals, and classrooms throughout Ktaqamkuk (colonially Newfoundland) including Eastern Edge, St. Michael’s Print Shop, Unscripted Twillingate, LSPU Hall, St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, and Memorial University. Co-author of transVersing, she has recent and forthcoming publications locally and nationally in Riddle FenceUnderstoreyHELDVerses, and Home Out of It.


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet est financé  par le gouvernement du Canada