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April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

| Free

This event will be taking place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples.


4 different workshops presented by World Class poets, Janice Joe Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick DeBelen and Johnny Trinh lead students through Adventures in Poetryland.  Each workshop offers a unique perspective into a different writing approach for students to expand their practice. Pre registration for each workshop is required.  Open to highschool students who are not taking part in the competition as well. email hullabaloo@vancouverpoetryhouse.com to register


Workshop A with Janice Jo Lee

Ancestor Song

Tell me about your people. Do your people come from the mountains? The river? The forest? What do your people gather around? Music, fire, elders? Are your people diggers, or athletes, or travellers? In this workshop we will look into the archive of our memory of where we come from. Where our knowledge ends, our imagination begins in writing stories of our ancestors. Your people can be your familial ancestors, or the artists whose tradition you follow, your closest friends, or the community that raised you. We will honour our roots and write anthems of ourselves. Dress in clothes you can move in. All bodies and abilities are welcome and will be accommodated.


Workshop B with Christopher Tse

Writing ourselves into our stories

Thomas King says that stories are all we are, so then why does so much popular art seem devoid of the artist these days? In times of whack politics and divisive rhetoric targeting people for their identities, the need for art to act as resistance is urgent and timely. Writing ourselves into our stories is celebrating our identities in all their diverse and beautiful dopeness, about speaking truth to power and claiming our space(s) in an artistic landscape that has far too long been dominated by the same kinds of stories. Let’s figure out how to write poetry and tell stories that unsettle, that disrupt, that say, “I’m here and this is why my story matters.”

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