Impossible Words is a free literary salon featuring a wide range of Canadian authors representing the cultural, racial, religious, sexual, and intellectual diversity of our city, our province, and our country.
On Saturday, May 25, at 1:30pm at the Academy of the Impossible, we will present poet and children's author Sarah Tsiang... all the way from Kingston (Ontario).
She will read and be interviewed onstage by Dizia Raposo-Ferreira and Huda Tariq from the Toronto Street Writers.
ABOUT THE FEATURED GUEST:
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of Sweet Devilry (Oolichan Books), which won the Gerald Lampert Award and was long listed for the Re-Lit award. She is also the author of four children’s books, including picture books and non-fiction, all with Annick Press. She is the editor of the new anthology Desperately Seeking Susans, and the forthcoming anthology Tag: Canadian Poets at Play (Oolichan Books). Her current poetry project, Status Updates is forthcoming with Oolichan Books in September 2013, and she has a Young Adult novel forthcoming with Orca books in 2014.
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The featured author's reading will be preceded by short readings by two young writers from the Toronto Street Writers, a celebrated local writing group for youth.
After the readings, the youth will interview the guest author about his experiences and work. Audience members are also invited to ask questions.
Light snacks will also be served, giving time for audience members to mingle.
The venue and washroom are accessible.
We welcome and encourage everyone to come and participate, especially those who do not usually go to literary events!
Rape culture is an evocative signifier and an expansive signified. As a term, it implies both individual and diffuse accountability, making it simultaneously benign and accusatory (often rightfully, since we all have a tendency to be part of it). As a concept, it can be a dauntingly large and diverse whole, even to those who recognize and abhor its component parts.
The concept of rape culture can be found anywhere that involves humans interacting, whether it's face-to-face or virtual, direct or mediated, one-on-one or in a group, unassumingly or maliciously. Its vastness is a strength and a weakness to differing degrees, depending on the communicators involved.
As the term "rape culture" increasingly permeates conversation, more communicators seek clarity. While three hours probably won't be enough to verbally crystallize such a pervasive and not-always-tangible concept, let's see what we can do, shall we?
Internet feminist Steph Guthrie hosts a free discussion, for the opinionated and/or the curious, which will serve as a mapping session to take apart the concept and components of rape culture. Hopefully we can put them back together in a slightly less oppressive (and maybe even total opposite) way.
We're more connected then we've ever been in history, and yet we're lonelier than ever. So, what does it mean to be close to another human being, now? Is it a matter of physical proximity? Trust? Vulnerability? This is the connection paradox of the networked world, but it's not the only area of our lives that is undergoing a massive shift: Near, far. Online, offline. Real, virtual. Private, public. Intimate, social. We have smart machines that rival the intelligence of people, and we’re so glued to our devices they’ve practically become appendages. So, what does all of this mean? What impact does this constant connectivity have on our relationships with each other, and with the world around us? Is it a coincidence that as we come to see our mobile devices more as parts of ourselves than as products, we also see the rise of bespoke crafts, local diets, and movements to "unplug"?
When it comes to life in the digital age, what is the "new normal," and how do we reverse engineer a future that we want to be a part of? Join Ramona Pringle, Ryerson Professor and producer of Rdigitialife, and The Academy of the Impossible, in a salon to brainstorm a collective manifesto on what community, connection and well being means in today's fast paced world, so that we can create a shared social blueprint on how we want to live, with each other and with technology.
Want more poetry in your life? Specifically, musical poetry? Come to the Academy for another of our program's final event. Infinite Sound Poets, on Friday, May 31 at 8 pm, fuses the performance and passion of spoken-word, the innovative composition of sound, and the rhythm and lyrical crafting of hip‐hop music and poetry.
The free event will showcase and celebrate the works of Impossible Arts’ newest workshop series, the Sound Poets’ Circle, and will feature live performances and music on the turntables all night. Plus: an open mic!
No organization (or person) is an island. Since the Academy opened in January, 2012, we've been collaborating, partnering and co-sponsoring programs with fantastic local artists, cultural, intellectual and social organizations. Click through to their sites to find out the amazing things they do.
Submitted by Emily Pohl-Weary
on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 09:58
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