At Bodies in Resistance we are centering the creative work and voices of bi+, pansexual, fluid and 2Spirit artists with lived experiences at the intersections of sickness, disability, race, gender, gender identity, colonialism, violence, sexuality, desire, visibility, and class. Fallon Simard, Sandra Alland, Charlie Petch & Akio Maroon will begin the evening by sharing their work with the audience, followed by a conversation moderated by Margeaux Feldman.
FALLON SIMARD is an Anishinaabe artist and filmmaker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3 Territory. Their work examines state violence perpetrated on to Indigenous bodies within a context of colonialism. Their work looks at intersections of land, extraction, mental health, and violence. https://reterritorialization.wixsite.com/simardproductions
SANDRA ALLAND (they/she) is a Glasgow-based writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. Sandra has published three books of poetry, and Proper Tales Press has just launched their second chapbook of short fiction, Anything Not Measurable Is Not Real. Recent stories and essays appear in Deaf Poets Society, The Bi-ble: New Testimonials (Monstrous Regiment), We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology (404 Ink), and Protest!: Stories of Resistance (Comma Press). San co-edited Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches), and has an essay upcoming in HA&L's Canadian Disability Poetics issue. They curate Scotland's disabled-led queer and trans arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! www.blissfultimes.ca, @san_alland
CHARLIE C PETCH is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring their spoken word theatre piece, "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series. https://www.instagram.com/sawpoet/ http://www.charliecpetch.com/
AKIO MAROON ~ Updated bio coming soon ~ http://www.akiomaroon.com/
MARGEAUX FELDMAN is a writer and educator living in Toronto, where she's completing her PhD in English Literature and Sexual Diversity Studies at U of T. Margeaux has certificates in Community-Engaged Learning and Conflict Resolution, which she's used to create and facilitate workshops on community-based approaches to conflict transformation, queer and trans-inclusivity, and collaging as a form of self-care for those living with trauma. A chronically ill, queer femme, and published writer, Margeaux's created spaces for fellow sick babes to share their stories. She's the curator of "Unruly Bodies: A Night of Storytelling" and one of the founding members of "Sick Theories: A Conference on Sickness and Sexuality."