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Friday, June 2, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30pm
Location: Vinnie's Pub, Rosaria
Title: Taking Social Justice to a Different Stage:  How Poetry Promotes Emancipatory Health Narratives
Free, Refreshments provided
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Workshop Plan 

9:00-10:10 – Poetry performances by El and Lucy 

10:10-10:30 – Nourishment break 

10:30-11:30 – Participatory poetry making workshop 

11:30-12:30 – Poetry sharing, discussion, and questions for El and Lucy 

About El and Lucy: 

El Jones is a spoken word artist, activist, journalist, and scholar. El is the former Poet Laureate of Halifax. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice. Her collection of spoken-word poetry “Live from the Afrikan Resistance!” appeared in 2014. She is also the former artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective series, one of the oldest continually running spoken word series in Canada. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team. El is a prison abolitionist, and works tirelessly to dismantle the prison system. She is a co-founder of Black Power Hour radio, the only prison radio show in Eastern Canada. Due to her work at Black Power Hour, her and her co-hosts recently presented at Columbia University’s ‘Beyond the Bars’ conference, in New York. El has taught at: Dalhousie University, Acadia University, NSCC, NSCAD and Saint Mary’s University.  In 2015, she was selected to be an International Resident at the prestigious University of Iowa International Writing Program. In 2016, she was chosen to be a recipient of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award, due to her community work. El was just selected to be the Nancy’s Chair of Women Studies, at Mount Saint Vincent University. Check out her weekly Saturday Morning File, in the Halifax Examiner. El believes that poetry can empower the powerless and give voice to the voiceless.

Lucy Aphramor is a poet-dietitian. Her poetry is powerful health activism rooted in a radical dietetics. Through the content of her work she draws attention to the social construction of health narratives that strengthen thoughts and practises that favour the status quo. Linked to this is a core theme of breaking the silence about the embodied and inter-generational impact of power.  Thus, she underlines the disappearance of marginalised voices and the political expediency of ahistorical, reductionist science. Described as “the literary lovechild of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg” (Broadway Baby), Lucy has taken the poetry scene by storm in the last three years, performing widely to critical acclaim in venues and events ranging from Shrewsbury’s Severn Theatre to Manchester and Seattle Pride, the Ludlow Fringe, Woman Up!, Velvet Tongue, Incite, L Fest and others plus a host of open-mic guest slots. In current work, performing as The Naked Dietitian, she insists on a revisioning of health and power as if society and pleasure and history existed. There is no escaping the visceral experience of hearing her speak from the open book of her torso.