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Canadian Memorial is hosting an event series exploring the places where spirituality, family, art and justice meet, through the stories of those living it. Join us.
Sunday, January 29th 10:30am
Amal Rana is a queer, Pakistani Muslim performance poet, educator, facilitator and writer born in Jeddah. Her work explores the often-contradictory spaces between the sacred and profane as sites of both trauma and resilience. In a time when even exhaling while being Muslim is considered a crime, she conjures poetry as an act of sedition and collective love. Amal is a co-founder of Breaking the Fast, an annual arts showcase and blog centering the voices of queer and trans Muslims and Muslim women. She has been involved in anti-oppressive, interfaith organizing for years. Over the years she has facilitated hundreds of social justice and arts-based workshops for faith communities; LGBTQ, immigrant and refugee youth; labour unions; arts organizations; academic institutions; government agencies and more. She also continues to offer independent, multi-disciplinary writing workshops in collaboration with other artists. Her writing has been published in several journals and anthologies, including the highly acclaimed recent collection, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices.
More about Amal at: rosewaterpoet.com
Sunday, February 26th, 10:30am
Inspirational humourist, author, performer and disability activist