The Indigenous Brilliance Podcast – Episode 5 (May 31st, 2021): Archives LIVE from Massy Books

Stories hold the incredible power to heal wounds, connect people, and bridge generations. This is an incredibly important time to be centering the brilliance of our communities through Indigenous storytelling across diverse mediums. The Indigenous Brilliance Podcast is an important project of the larger Indigenous Brilliance Collective, and features innovative and exciting episodes, highlighting the multi-disciplinary voices of Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, and Indigiqueer artists as we discuss cultural resurgence in Indigenous arts. 

Hosted by creatives jaye simpson and Karmella Benedito De Barros, the Indigenous Brilliance Podcast carves out space for the celebration and witnessing of this beautifully visionary community.

Tune into our first archival episode for some highlights from our Indigenous Brilliance LIVE READING at Massy Books (June 21st, 2019)! This event was hosted by the wonderful jaye simpson and Emily Dundas Oke, and features readings by Cassandra Blanchard, Mackenzie Ground, Evan Ducharme, and Savannah Erasmus

Thank you so much to CJSF Radio for recording and supporting the production of this archival material. We hope you enjoy it! 

Music by Edzi’u and cover art by Sylvey Sampson <3 



Time Stamps: 

0:00 – 1:48 Intro 

1:49 – 9:41 LIVE opening from jaye and Emily 

9:41 – 13:15 Cassandra Blanchard 

14:15 – 20:08 Mackenzie Ground 

22:48 – 33:11 Evan Ducharme

34:32 – 45:28 Savannah Erasmus

45:46 – 46:32 Close  


[Audio transcription coming soon] 

The Indigenous Brilliance Podcast is hosted by jaye simpson and Karmella Benedito De Barros.

jaye is a libra sun, sagittarius rising, scorpio moon. jaye is a displaced indigenous person living, creating & occupying on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories. they are a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series, a collaborative series between Room Magazine and Massy Books celebrating Indigenous women/2SQ storytellers. you can find them and their hot takes on twitter at @jayesimpson94.

Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros is an afro-brazilian mistawasis treaty 6 indigiqueer born and raised in diaspora. As a guest on the unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories, they recently completed a BA at Simon Fraser University, and assist the Indigenous Brilliance reading series; a collaborative series between Room Magazine and Massy Books, celebrating Indigenous women/2SQ storytellers. Karmella’s artistry is multidisciplinary, grounded in honoring and witnessing the beauty of their environment and communities. Karmella’s most recent work was featured in F-O-R-M 2020 and issue 44.1 of Room Magazine.

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