POETIC JUSTICE - A Proud Voices Reading


After afternoon of poetry that will take you rouse you in all sorts of places. FREE.

Farzana Doctor

Marcus McCann

bill bissett

Akio Maroon

Giles Benaway

Jaene F. Castrillon

Karishma Kripalani

Ian Young

Farzana Doctor is a Canadian novelist. She has published two novels and won the 2011 Dayne Ogilvie Grant from the Writers' Trust of Canada. Her second novel, Six Metres of Pavement won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian fiction.


Marcus McCann is a poet and journalist. He's the author of Soft Where (shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award) and The Hard Return. @mmccnn


bill bissett is a Canadian poet famous for his anti-conventional style. Bissett is know as The Godfather of Canadian Poetry.


Akio Maroon is a Mother, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant, Educator, Nurse, Social Justice Organizer, Advocator and Fundraiser for sex workers rights and HIV/AIDS support services. Akio is the founder of GRIND Toronto - a quarterly event celebrating sex positivity, the joys of safe/r consensual sex, in a LGBTQ2I space for BIPOC* (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). @akiomaroon


Giles Benaway (Anishinaabe/Métis/Tsagli) is a two-spirited Anishinaabe/Métis poet. His debut collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was released by Kegedonce Press in 2013. He has often been described as the spiritual love child of Truman Capote and Thompson Highway.


Jaene Castrillon is a multidisciplinary artist utilizing performance art, film-making, poetry, comedy, bellydance and media art to show the uncommon perspective of those marginalized. Her poetry has been published and exhibited in Toronto and explores topics such as mental illness, sex work and belonging. Jaene uses art to make space for the brilliance and the heart-break of living a life less ordinary.

Karishma Kripalani's writing has been anthologised in New Zealand, Canada and India. She shares mindfulness-based yoga and craniosacral therapy at www.pranasacral.com

Ian Young was one of the founders of the University of Toronto Homophile Association (UTHA), an early gay organisation in Canada. In 1970 he founded Catalyst Press, a gay literary publishing house. Young’s writing has appeared in some fifty anthologies and has been translated into several languages.

POETIC JUSTICE - A Proud Voices Reading

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