Call for Readers: Indigenous Brilliance Reading Series

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Jessica Johns

Call for Readers

Room Magazine and Massy Books have partnered to create Indigenous Brilliance, a quarterly reading series for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers to showcase their work. Hosted by Room editorial board members, Jónína Kirton and Jessica Johns, this series is dedicated to featuring emerging and established Indigenous women/2SQ writers. We want to show the diversity of our communities, so we seek writers of different ages, abilities, and orientations. We are now accepting applications to all interested artists who would like to participate in our 2018 series.

The series will take place at Massy Books (229 E. Georgia St) on the unceded and traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples on three more dates in 2018: May 25thAugust 24th, and November 23rd.

Apply to participate in the Indigenous Brilliance reading series by emailing the application information outlined below to

Your email should contain:

1. Name, contact info, and a bio, including a brief statement of your Indigenous heritage.  

2. The date (or dates) of the reading series that you’d be available to read.

3. An attachment (double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry) of the pieces you might like to read/perform at the Indigenous Brilliance reading series (or a description of the piece/performance).

Please note that we are looking for storytelling of all kinds: written, spoken-word, performance, etc. Though we are not looking for visual artists at this time, please contact Patricia Massy at Massy Books if you are an Indigenous visual or installation artist looking for a space!

Applications will be received on a rolling basis and will be considered for all readings for this and future years. We will be actively seeking out Indigenous writers for this series in various other forms, as we understand that an application and the mode that it is circulated isn’t accessible to everyone; therefore, if you’d like to nominate an Indigenous writer, please contact us with their information and we’ll be happy to reach out. We’d like to be as far reaching as possible. We want to see everyone.

Readers will each read for 10-15 minutes and receive a small honorarium of at least $25. Massy Books is an accessible venue. ASL interpreters available by request.

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