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Tilting of the Earth: A Metonymy Press Solstice Showcase
June 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - June 30, 2021 @ 8:00 pmFree
After a long dark solitary winter and tentative spring, four writers emerge gloriously at the onset of summer: Kama La Mackerel, Helen Chau Bradley, Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch and Callum Angus are brimming with pent-up words to soothe and destroy you — in any case you’ll want to experience their effects.
Blue Metropolis is proud to co-present this Metonymy Press event as part of its 2021 Festival’s NEXT program.
Join us online* for this outdoor solstice showcase:
3 pm, Sunday, June 20, on Instagram Live
7pm, Wednesday, June 30, on the Blue Metropolis Facebook page and YouTube channel
*If public health restrictions shift, this backyard event may also welcome a small number of in-person (masked, distanced) attendees on the 20th.
Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, community-arts facilitator and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art and literature.
Kama’s work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality, hybridity, cosmopolitanism and self- and collective-empowerment. They believe that aesthetic practices have the power to build resilience and act as resistance to the status quo, thereby enacting an anticolonial praxis through cultural production.
Kama has exhibited and performed their work internationally and their writing in English, French and Kreol has appeared in publications both online and in print. ZOM-FAM, their debut poetry collection published by Metonymy Press was named a CBC Best Poetry Book, a Globe and Mail Best Debut, and was longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the QWF Concordia University First Book Award.
Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is a queer Arab poet living in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory. Their work has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, GUTS, carte blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. They were longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019. Find them on Instagram and Twitter @theonlyelitareq. Their first book, knot body, was published by Metatron Press in September 2020 and their second poetry collection, The Good Arabs, is forthcoming from Metonymy Press in September 2021.
Helen Chau Bradley is a writer, musician, and arts administrator living in Tio’tia:ke / Montreal. They are the author of Automatic Object Lessons (House House Press, 2020). Their stories and essays have appeared in carte blanche, Cosmonauts Avenue, Entropy Magazine, Maisonneuve Magazine, the Montreal Review of Books, and elsewhere. Their debut short story collection, Personal Attention Roleplay, is forthcoming from Metonymy in October 2021.
Callum Angus is a trans writer and editor currently based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Nat. Brut, West Branch, LA Review of Books, Catapult, The Common, Seventh Wave Magazine and elsewhere. He has received support from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and he holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding editor of the journal smoke and mold. His debut short story collection, A Natural History of Transition, was released by Metonymy Press in April 2021.