Book Launch / Miskwagoode by Marie Annharte Baker
June 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PDT
At the event, presented by Massy Voices, Annharte will be joined by her grandchild, performer Madeline Terbasket, and comedian Savannah Erasmus for a night of poetry, comedy, and conversation.
The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
This event is free + open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory.
Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.
This event is part of Massy Voices, an ever-evolving collection of book launches, exclusive interviews, and artist talks that celebrate community voices and the stories they carry. Click here to know more.
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Miskwagoode, Anishinaabemowin for “woman wearing red,” is Annharte’s new book about her mother loss, her “mothermiss,” about all the women “buried in common enough / cross-generational graves.” In her sly, cheeky riffs on life behind the “buckskin curtain” at the margins of settler society, Annharte tells us about granny circles, horny old guys, and getting your hair done.
These poems about rez life and the community and belonging it offers are set against a background radiation of poverty, despair, violence, sexism, and sexual abuse, the legacies of unequal relations. Marked with her characteristic sharp eye, humour, and hard earned wisdom about the “ominous progress ahead,” Miskwagoode encompasses the poet’s experiences as an Anishinaabe elder, “witness not survivor,” writing of the weight of a present and persisting colonialism.
Annharte, a/k/a Marie Baker, is Anishinaabe, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Manitoba. She is the author of four previous books of poetry: Indigena Awry (2012), Exercises in Lip Pointing (2003), Columbus Coyote Cafe (1995), and Being On the Moon (1990), and a book of essays, AKA Inendagosekwe (2013). She lives in Gypsumville, Manitoba.
Savannah Erasmus is a “Fashion” comedian based in Vancouver, BC. She was raised in Kikino Metis Settlement and Cold Lake First Nation, in Treaty 6 Territory (Northern Alberta). Her Indigenous perspective and “fashion focused” lens creates a fresh and unique stand up persona that audiences adore. She is also co-producer of Millennial Line and Camp! Comedy!