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The Places We Find Ourselves: Taslim Jaffer, Esmeralda Cabral & Daniela Elza

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

On Thursday, April 18th at 7pm, join Massy Arts and Massy Books in welcoming writers Taslim Jaffer, Esmeralda Cabral & Daniela Elza for a panel reading and discussion on the theme “The Places We Find Ourselves”

What does it mean to belong? Where do you feel you belong? We can belong to people and places and all kinds of spaces, groups, and communities. What are the places we find ourselves? Are these spaces real or imagined? In this reading event, we hope to spark discussion on this theme. The authors have all explored spaces of in-between-ness in their writing and invite you to join in the conversation.

The event will be of interest to those who feel “at home” where they are, as well as those who may feel alienated, or feel they do not belong, for a variety of reasons. Join us to explore this topic and continue the conversation together.

This project has been made possible by The Writer’s Union of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. We are located in the former MING WO building, which is still the name on the facade of our building.

Registration is free and required for entrance. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-places-we-find-ourselves-taslim-jaffer-esmeralda-cabral-daniela-elza-tickets-866784414517?aff=oddtdtcreator

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About the authors:

Taslim Jaffer is a writer, editor and writing instructor from Surrey, B.C. with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from University of King’s College. Her bylines appear in Macleans, CBC, WestCoast Families, Peace Arch News & more. She is the winner of the 2022 Creative Nonfiction Collective/Humber Literary Review contest and recipient of a 2021 Silver Canadian Online Publishing Award. Taslim has been teaching memoir and expressive writing in community and rehabilitative settings since 2015 and is a panelist, moderator, and instructor at literary arts festivals. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Back Where I Came From: On Culture, Identity and Home (Bookhug*Press, 2024) and the 2024 City of Richmond Writer-in-Residence. Her work-in-progress is an essay collection exploring the evolution of her family across 5 generations and 3 continents.

Esmeralda Cabral writes creative nonfiction. Her first book, a travel memoir entitled How to Clean a Fish and Other Adventures in Portugal was published in spring, 2023 by University of Alberta Press. Her writing has been published in The Globe and Mail, Understorey Magazine, Gávea-Brown, The Common Online, Canadian Traveller, Curiosity Magazine, and in nine anthologies. Two of her stories have aired on CBC Radio. Esmeralda was born in the Azores, Portugal, grew up in Alberta, and now lives on the edge of the forest on Musqueam Territory in Vancouver.

Daniela Elza lived on three continents before immigrating to Canada in 1999. Her latest poetry collections are the broken boat (2020) & slow erosions (2020). In 2022 she won second place in the Ken Belford Poetry Prize for Social Justice. In 2023 she won first place in the Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize, was long listed in the 2023 Vera Manuel Poetry Prize, and won the September Award for Awesomeness at Arc Poetry Magazine. Daniela works on preserving and growing affordable homes in her community in Vancouver, located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. When she is not writing she works as an editor, mentor, and creative writing instructor.


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