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Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm PT
El Jones is a poet, journalist, professor and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she was named the 15th Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies in 2017. She was Halifax’s Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She is the author of Live from the Afrikan Resistance!, a collection of poems about resisting white colonialism. Her work focuses on social justice issues, such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism and decolonization. Since 2016, she has co-hosted a radio show called Black Power Hour, on CKDU-FM where listeners from prisons call in to rap and read their poetry, providing a voice to people who rarely get a wide audience. She contributed to the 2020 anthology, Sick of the System: Why COVID-19 Recovery Must Be Revolutionary. Her latest book Abolitionist Intimacies examines the movement to abolish prisons through the Black feminist principles of care and collectivity. Visit El’s Twitter account.
All readings are FREE and open to the public. ASL interpretation is provided
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
The series showcases the work of writers who are doing the freshest, most interesting, and relevant work, writers who are also artists, volunteers, literary award winners, social justice organizers, prison abolitionists, literary organizers, dancers, managing editors, filmmakers, creative writing instructors, and scholars. The On Edge programming serves to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of ECUAD. The series is support by the Emily Carr Writing Centre with grateful acknowledgement to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Coast Salish First Nations whose traditional lands we are on.
This series is organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and assisted by Tenaya F.