June 23, 2020: The 35th Anniversary of the Air India 182 Bombing

…All the years just wash over and it’s true what remains is, for me, a sense of love for the families who remember and for those who have stood with us…

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Photo credit: Adrian Dix

A CBC article published today, “35 years on, Air India bombing to be remembered at private gatherings, online memorial Social Sharing” An excerpt:

“Families of the Air India bombing victims are moving from group memorials to small, private gatherings and online condolences as they commemorate the 35th anniversary of the worst mass murder in Canadian history during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Physical distancing rules and restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people have resulted in a shift from the in-person memorial services that are held annually in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

Air India Flight 182 disappeared from radar off the coast of Ireland after a bomb exploded on the airplane on June 23, 1985, killing 329 people.

Among the dead were 280 Canadians and 86 children.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar, who lost her uncle, Dr. Umar Jethwa, and aunt, Zebunnisa Jethwa, in the bombing, visited the memorial in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on Monday to mourn them privately.

‘There is always this reminder of the senselessness of these sorts of acts. The violence of it is always brought home to me,’ she said.”

Read the Full Article

 

March 13-15: Performing Utopias Conference

March 13-15: Performing Utopias Conference

“Join us at the University of British Columbia for a three-day interdisciplinary conference on the concept and practice of utopia in art and life. We look forward to fruitful presentations and discussions on the presence and prevalence of performing utopias. The event includes presentations/performances by Dana Claxton, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Ashok Mathur, Peter Morin, David Khang, Ayujmi Goto, Sarah Shamash, Michael Sakamoto, Waewdao Sirisook, Am Johal, Jayce Salloum, among others. Keynote presentations by Diana Taylor and Ann Stoler.”

Location: At the Liu Institute for Global Issues, the Chan Centre Telus Studio Theatre, the Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, the First Nations Longhouse, and other locations on campus.

Click here for program information

writing long poems: line, structure, sound

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Alex Leslie - Writing

I’ve fallen off the wagon in terms of posting my readings here, but there’s one coming up.

On February 15th I will be reading a piece about Bhanu Kapil’s work at Capilano University. Ashok Mathur and Gail Scott — amazing and humbling company — will also be responding to Kapil’s work and then (I think) there will be a panel discussion. Bhanu Kapil herself will be there to read the piece to which we will be responding. Details about the event are here.

This panel is part of The Capilano Review’s programming for their Narrative issue, which will be launch the evening of the 15th at VIVO on Main. Bhanu Kapil will also be giving a workshop while in Vancouver and you can check out The Capilano Review‘s website for details.

If you’re not familiar with Bhanu Kapil’s work, she is an experimental fiction writer and author of

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Narrative Panel with Bhanu Kapil — February 15th

DSCN3477about the long poem

about what kind of poet

about being careful, paying attention

to?

Alex Leslie - Writing

I’ve fallen off the wagon in terms of posting my readings here, but there’s one coming up.

On February 15th I will be reading a piece about Bhanu Kapil’s work at Capilano University. Ashok Mathur and Gail Scott — amazing and humbling company — will also be responding to Kapil’s work and then (I think) there will be a panel discussion. Bhanu Kapil herself will be there to read the piece to which we will be responding. Details about the event are here.

This panel is part of The Capilano Review’s programming for their Narrative issue, which will be launch the evening of the 15th at VIVO on Main. Bhanu Kapil will also be giving a workshop while in Vancouver and you can check out The Capilano Review‘s website for details.

If you’re not familiar with Bhanu Kapil’s work, she is an experimental fiction writer and author of

View original post 32 more words