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Queer Literary Reading with ASL Interpretation

Dear friends,

We’re back! This time as part of FOR A NEW ACCESSIBILITY, a convergence of artists and activists organizing for accessibility and mutual aid at Gallery Gachet, in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery and Carmen Papalia. For more information or to register for the convergence, go togachet.org/convergence

This REVERB is coming up soon on Sunday, November 22nd at the Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson St.) on unceded Musqueam, S?wxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh land. It’s our first AFTERNOON event! Doors are at 2 PM, with the show at 2:30 PM sharp.


Adèle Barclay’s writing has been published in The Pinch, Poetry Is Dead, The Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, and elsewhere. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in 2016. She is the Interviews Editor for The Rusty Toque and is writing a dissertation on modern poetry and film.

K is a part-time photographer, a sometimes-writer, and a full-time (weary) student of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. They are a queer, non-binary, second-generation Chinese settler raised in unceded Coast Salish territories. In their free time, they enjoy biking through cities, sitting under maple trees, and being suspended in or by the ocean. K is an editor for The Talon and a portrait photographer whose work is framed in community representation and radical visibility.

Lucas Crawford is from rural Nova Scotia, is the author of Sideshow Concessions (which won the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry), teaches gender studies at SFU, has a book of scholarly essays forthcoming called Transgender Architectonics, and is currently based in Vancouver.

Vi Levitt is a multifaceted, multiethnic, “Half Breed” artist born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territory (W?SÁNE?/Lekwungen and not Musqueam). They, as a singer and poet of Metis, Jewish, and Scandinavian descent wish to honour their heritage and experiences as a Queer person through their art. Expressing their grief, anger, joy and anything else that comes with their lived realities into their words and artistry. They wish to use their art to get a better understanding of the life that they, and others live. Along with hoping to one day not need to rely on menial funds from minimum wage jobs to survive off their art, they also wish to acknowledge the privilege of performing again in the REVERB space, this time as a featured artist (instead of a person tacked onto a duet poem with a previous REVERB artist, Nai Louza), as well as express their thankfulness for being present in the DTES for the previous REVERBs. Also recognizing that they are of privilege, being a light skinned Native, and Jew, they wish to navigate the complexities of the reality they live, while in the presence of elders and other community members that do not have such privileges; and express a continued expression of gratitude for being in the presence of such people in and out of the REVERB event space.

Hiromi Goto is the award-winning author of multiple books for youth and adults. Hiromi is also a mentor at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, an editor, and mother of two grown children. She is at work on weird short stories and memory-based biotexts. You can follow her on Twitter @hinganai


Doors at 2 PM; show at 2:30 PM sharp. This event is free, in partnership with FOR A NEW ACCESSIBILITY, but we’ll have a jar for donations if anyone wants to give them! Every tiny bit helps us put on another reading.

Our merch table this time around will include books by Hiromi Goto and Lucas Crawford, chapbooks by Adèle Barclay, copies of the REVERB chapbook, past Plenitude print issues and other sweet surprises — bring your bucks!

Event poster by artist-in-residence, April Alayon! Check out more of April’s work here:http://www.aprilalayon.com/


ASL Interpretation Provided.

There will two active listeners available if people need to check in with someone throughout the event.

There will be childcare! Childcare will be available in a separate, neighbouring room to the reading, still within the Contemporary Art Gallery. If you’re able to give us a heads-up that you’ll be needing childcare for this event, that would be fantastic! But also you can just bring your kiddos and we’ll hang out with them.

For the Contemporary Art Gallery:
front door: 33 3/4 inch width
no steps at entrance.
there is one accessible, all genders washroom on the main floor (and another up a flight of stairs)
accessible washroom door: 33 3/4 inch width
toilet: 11 inch clearance on left side
the washroom has a handrail

The Contemporary Art Gallery is an art gallery and as such may have some chemicals present that some maybe be sensitive to including paints, pottery glazes, or other art supplies. In order to create a space where folks with multiple chemical sensitivities can participate, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space. We do clear out the space with an air purifier prior to the event. For info on how to support folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, visit: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html

For a full accessibility audit of the Contemporary Art Gallery, visit: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B81n0augDG8kfnB2V19uZlpBX0h2MmtKVzBWQThsZ2NiZjlEVzRUUlpLdTRoTlU3aXo3cFU&usp=sharing&tid=0B81n0augDG8kU2NfRlZSa3pIQ00

We provide snacks! Including gluten-free and vegan options, and do not sell alcohol at the event.

We’ll have a photographer taking photos at the event — if you don’t want to be included in photos, all you need to do is grab some tape at the door and stick it on your hand or personally let the photographer know you don’t want to be photographed. We will also have someone filming the reading.

Some people get sick from the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, wireless and electrical devices. If you’re able to completely power off your cell phones, wireless and electrical devices during the event, please do so!

If you’re attending and will need particularly comfortable seating, please let us know! We will have a variety of seating options, including chairs, cushioned benches and blankets on the floor. If you need a specific kind of seating, please message or email us with your name so that we can be sure you’ll be comfortable throughout the event (and please also show up early to make sure you get in the door!). If you would be made more comfortable by the addition of a cushion, please bring one with you — and if you don’t have one you can bring, let us know and we’ll do our best to rustle up something for you.


REVERB: A Queer Reading Series aims to support and showcase emerging and established LGBT2QI writers through a quarterly reading series with an anti-oppressive framework. We believe that writing is a radical act that can transform dominant narratives about whose lives and loves are important and valued, and that sharing that writing can empower, inspire and transform ourselves and our communities. We write and read on unceded Musqueam, S?wxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh land, and are committed to radical inclusion in our series, recognizing that access to the world of writing, literacy, and even queerness continues to be limited. As organizers, we endeavour to create a reading series where white-identified readers are always in the minority to ensure a space that centres the voices of Indigenous, Black, mixed writers and all writers of colour. All our writers self-identify on a spectrum of queerness that centres trans* and femme experiences. All of our events are held in physically and financially accessible spaces, and with every event, we make at least one change to ensure that REVERB becomes more and more accessible. We promise to do all we can to create a safer space — bring your suggestions! Check your assumptions at the door; REVERB is a body-positive, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and hella queer- and trans-positive event.

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