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Reading | jaye simpson with Emily Riddle, NASRA & Jason Purcell

  • Glass Bookshop in Edmonton City Centre West 10200 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5J 0V1 Canada (map)

Join us in welcoming jaye simpson to Treaty 6 with a reading to remember! jaye will be joined by Emily Riddle, NASRA, and Jason Purcell.

Come down to Glass Bookshop (City Centre Mall, Pedway Level beside Club Monaco) at 7 pm for an evening of readings and gathering.
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jaye simpson is a Oji-Cree non binary trans woman writer whose roots hail from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, Treaty 4. they currently ruminate, reside and resist on the unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations colonially known as Vancouver. they have survived institutions such as the Ministry of Child and Family Development, Metis Family Services and Thompson Rivers University. you can find them on twitter at @jayesimpson94.

Emily Riddle is nehiyaw iskwew from the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. She is a writer, researcher, and policy analyst who recently moved home to become the Senior Advisor of Indigenous Relations at the Edmonton Public Library. She is on the Board of Advisors with the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations think tank based out of Ryerson University. Her writing has appeared in PRISM International, GUTS Magazine, Canadian Art, Briarpatch Magazine, Teen Vogue, the Globe and Mail, among others.

NASRA is a queer, Muslim, Oromo artist, organizer, and activist living in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. They were the Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2016 to 2017 and are currently the director of Sister to Sister, an artist collective for/by femmes and women of colour. They are also the festival director of Black Arts Matter—Alberta’s interdisciplinary Black arts festival—and were the 2017 recipient of the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award. NASRA’s is set to release their first poetry chapbook A God Dance in Human Cloth with Glass Buffalo in 2018 and is fiercely curious and a passionate curator of magic.

Jason Purcell is a writer and editor living on Treaty 6 territory. He is the Programs Officer at the Canadian Literature Centre, which is housed at the University of Alberta, where he also received an MA in English. He is the Interviews Editor for Glass Buffalo, Circulations Coordinator for Eighteen Bridges, co-editor of Ten Canadian Writers in Context (UAP 2016), and author of A Place More Hospitable (Anstruther Press 2019). Alongside Matthew Stepanic, he is co-founder of Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest independent bookstore. | @jasonvpurcell