John Singleton Taught Us About the Importance of Representation

As a writer, I spend most moments in my head, imagining and dreaming. What I see on screens has informed the way I conjure images; my mind often mimics the things I’ve seen in television shows and movies. It was alarming to realize that, because of the images I was absorbing, I spent a long... Continue Reading

Verses Festival of Words Invites Poetry Lovers to Experience the Boundlessness of Storytelling

Verses Festival of Words is an annual poetry festival that just completed its ninth year celebrating Canada’s slam poetry scene. The 10-day event ran from April 25 to May 4 and was held in multiple locations in Vancouver, mainly along Commercial Drive. The festival kicked off with Hullabaloo, the youth poetry slam. Teams from all... Continue Reading

Creative Writing Guild’s Filipinx Poetry Night Features Talent from KPU and Beyond

As host Tawahum Bige pointed out at the beginning of the night, literary events are often dominated by white writers. There will occasionally be a few token BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) writers added to the lineup, but even then, they can end up burdened by the weight of representation. Rather than lumping all... Continue Reading