Palestinian culture has often been characterized as
a culture of death and violence. Tonight we challenge this construction.
Join us for a night of women-centred culture of joy, celebration, and
critical resistance. Palestinian women's popular poetry, modern verse
by poets living in Israel, in the Occupied Territories and in diaspora,
and poems of solidarity break through walls and veils of silence and amnesia
to contest the violence of dispossession, occupation and displacement.
Eluding mechanisms of isolation, surveillance and censorship, the absented
Palestinian body/voice returns to assert its agency through non-violent
modes of resistance in poetry. Tonight, spoken word artists and activists
- including Lillian Allen, Yvonne Farah, Tarek Fatah,
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha, Roula Said, Rula Sharkawi
and others - stage a reading of being and becoming. Anjula Gogia, Hanadi Loubani and Badea Warwar, Guest Curators
• MCS: HANADI LOUBANI & BADEA WARWAR •
Lillian Allen is an internationally acclaimed
poet recognized as a key originator and leading exponent of dub poetry.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha is a queer
brown mixed Sri Lankan writer, spoken word girl, and proprietor of the
browngirlworld spoken word night. Yvonne Farah
is a Palestinian political science student with special interests in journalism
and media. Tarek Fatah is the host of the
Muslim Chronicles and a founding member of Muslim Canadian Congress. Roula Said is a Palestinian/Canadian and
a performer of Middle Eastern music and dance. Rula
Sharkawi is a Jerusalem-born human rights activist and writer. Anjula
Gogia is a local bookseller and activist. Hanadi
Loubani is a founding member of Women for Palestine and Ph.D. candidate
in Sociology at York University. Badea Warwar
is a founding member of Women for Palestine and Ph.D. candidate in English
at York University.
INNIS TOWN HALL: 2 Sussex Ave.
St. George, south of Bloor
TICKET PRICE: $12 or pwyc