The 2018 Jim Douglas Lecture:

Mentorship, Modelling and the Imperative for Intergenerational Dialogue: A Conversation with Vivek Shraya

October 2, 2018

7:00pm  to 9:00 pm | Room 1400-10 | Harbour Centre Campus

Admission is free, but reserve your seat by email

In the 2018 Jim Douglas Lecture, Artist Vivek Shraya discusses her various experiences with mentorship (and lack thereof) as once an emerging racialized, queer writer to now, the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books (at Arsenal Pulp Press).

Vivek’s body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, and film. Her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was included in CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2017, and her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award. Her latest book is I’m Afraid of Men. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books.

A Polaris Music Prize nominee and four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and has received honours from The Writers’ Trust of Canada and CBC’s Canada Reads. She is currently a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

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“Vivek Shraya is the artist we need right now.”
Art Gallery of Ontario – 2017

“Toronto’s unstoppable Vivek Shraya [is a] superstar musician, prolific writer, and committed force of community-building.”
Broken Pencil – 2017

“The only predictable thing about Shraya is that it is impossible to predict what she’ll do next, with her talents stretching across artistic disciplines and genres, her politically engaged commentary, and her support of emerging authors.”
Open Book – 2017

“We need more artists like Vivek Shraya whose lives and work make different ways of being in the world possible and whose words create bridges of understanding and connection—who transform differences into gifts and who refuse to allow the shame often associated with our particularities to silence our voices.”
The Radical Notion – 2015

“With each written word, frame, pixel and note sung, Vivek Shraya leads.”
Daily Xtra – 2014