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 jaye simpson and Jessica Johns, this series is dedicated to featuring emerging and established Indigenous women/2SQ artists. We want to show the diversity of our communities, so we seek artists of different ages, abilities, and orientations. 

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 for three more dates in 2019: May 24th, August 23rd, and November 22nd. 

If you are interested in participating in an Indigenous Brilliance event, send an email with the information outlined below to jessicajohns@roommagazine.com.

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 event that you’d be available to read.

3. A description of your storytelling practice* and what you might like to perform at the Indigenous Brilliance event.

*We are looking for storytelling of all kinds: written, spoken-word, performance, singing, dancing, comedy, etc. We are also looking for Indigenous visual artists to showcase at events as well, so please get a hold of us if you would like a space to showcase your work! 

All interested artists will be considered for all events for this and future years. We will be actively seeking out Indigenous artists for this series in various other forms, as we understand that this platform isn’t accessible to everyone; therefore, if you’d like to nominate an Indigenous artist, 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.

Artists will each have 10-15 minutes of performance time and receive an honorarium of $100. Massy Books is an accessible venue. ASL interpreters available by request.

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