“And So To Tenderness I Add My Action”: Illness, Disability, & Poetry

On Tuesday, October 10th at 6pm, join Massy Arts and Massy Books in welcoming Steffi Tad-y, Kess Mohammadi, and Jody Chan for an online poetry event around the topics of tenderness and disability.

About the authors:

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Steffi Tad-y (she/her) is a poet & writer based in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, & Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Her chapbook of poems Merienda published by Rahila’s Ghost Press was nominated for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In 2022, she published her debut book of poetry From the Shoreline with Gordon Hill Press. Steffi’s poems often reflect on kinship, diasporic geographies, & formations of the mind.

Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi (They/Them) is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. They were shortlisted for the 2021 Austin Clarke poetry prize, 2022’s Arc Poem of the year award, The Malahat Review’s 2023 Open Season awards for poetry and they are the winner of the 2021 Vallum Poetry Prize. They are the author of four poetry chapbooks and three translated poetry chapbooks. They have released two full-length collections of poetry with Gordon Hill Press. Their full-length collaborative poetry manuscript “G” is forthcoming with Palimpsest press Fall 2023, and their full-length collection of experimental dream-poems “Daffod*ls” is forthcoming from Pamenar Press Fall 2023.

Jody Chan (they/them) is a writer, drummer, therapist, and organizer based in Toronto/Tkaronto. Their writing explores themes of home, belonging, kinship, queerness, and Madness/disability. They are the author of haunt (Damaged Goods Press), all our futures (PANK), and sick (Black Lawrence Press), winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Trillium Award for Poetry. They are also a performing member of Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers (RAW). Their work has received fellowships and support from VONA, Tin House, Feminist Art Collective (FAC), Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.