October 28: AIR INDIA [REDACTED] Panel Discussion


air india redacted panel discussion

At the intersections of history, memory, and trauma are confluences; spaces that offer opportunities for growth and understanding to occur. Engaging in this process does not diminish the individual traumas and injustices of particular events. Rather, our panel discussion, moderated by Naveen Girn, introduces storytelling as a tool through which the shared memorialization and remembrance of past events can gain a deeper resonance. Sharing their work, thoughts, and practice will be Kamal Arora, Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, Gurpreet Singh, and Dr. Milan Singh. Delving into the larger implications of silenced histories and redacted traumas, our panel sheds light onto the cultural memory of our shared experience in being not just Canadian, but citizens of this fractured world.”

When: Wed, October 28, 2015. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Free Admission, learn more here

Co-presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Indian Summer Festival Society.

readings and events: children of air india

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July events

(This May-August, I’m part of SFU’s  Southbank Writer’s Program in Surrey – we meet evenings during the week and on Saturday’s at the Surrey Centre Public Library)

The Next Big Thing: Tagged and tagging

on stage @Douglas College LITFESTnewwest 2012Thanks to Sean Johnston and Elee Kraljii Gardiner for tagging me on this thing, “the blog tour” that ran itself. Here’s how it works: you get tagged, then tag other writers. You answer the following questions about your work in progress and list the writers you’ve tagged at the end.

What is the working title of your book? “children of air india”

Where did the idea come from? from the past, from time and its dimensions: June 23, 1985

What genre does your book fall under? Poetry. The shadow lands between poetry and prose.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Huh? And that word, “rendition.” My further comments, [redacted].

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book? A sequence of elegies about the bombing of a plane, Air India Flight 182, and after.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Well, that remains to be seen. More, later.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Depends. Rough guess: 2009-2013. Revisions still underway.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I’ve a long list. If anyone out there is reading this, write me and I will send you the list.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? It is hard to answer this question. Perhaps the answer is not about inspiration. It is about documentation. About witness.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? “Our interest lies on the dangerous edge of things.”

Please visit Sean Johnston and Elee Kraljii Gardiner to learn more about their work (both these writers sustain and encourage the work of thecanadaproject) and please visit the writers I’ve tagged. Not all of them have blogs. Some you’ll find on facebook. Write me if you would like more information on them and I will connect you.

Krissy Darch – she writes from a stance of Outside, with an edge that is compassionate, uncompromising. You can find her work at the Vancouver Observer, This Magazine, and Trivia Voices of Feminism.

Elaine Woo – a poet whose passion for the environment and culture first caught by eye, ear, during Art Song Lab 2012.

Naveen Girn – he shares my interest in deconstructing Empire as a process perpetually in motion. Naveen is doing amazing things at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Rahat Kurd – I first heard her stunning(ly) beautiful and unsettling poetry at LunchPoems@SFU courtesy, Wayde Compton. She’s in the process of setting up a web presence. You can find her on facebook.

Janey Lew – poet, scholar, cultural critic: another Art Song Lab 2012 connection as well as connected with the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and Ricepaper. Janey is on facebook.