Under the Table Open Mic Series featuring Robyn Sidhu
June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Under The Table Open Mic Series
On Tuesday, June 6th at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT, join Massy Arts Society and a collective of brilliant poet organizers for Under The Table Open Mic Series, featuring Robyn Sidhu.
Zoom room and sign-up opens at 5:45 PDT / 8:45 EDT, show starts at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT
(we run on crip time with the understanding that bodies and brains aren’t always on schedule)
We invite you to sign up for the open mic as Under The Table welcomes us to laugh, cry, celebrate and sit in the richness of queer and disabled life, writing and poetics.
If you’re signing up for the open mic, be prepared to share an electronic copy of your poem via direct message in the zoom chat with the ASL interpreters, to provide better access for d/Deaf & hard of hearing audiences.
Please join the zoom room with the same email you used on eventbrite.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/under-the-table-open-mic-series-featuring-robyn-sidhu-tickets-638235368167
If you have any issues joining please email us at email@example.com
About Under The Table:
Under the Table is an open mic series centering disabled and/or queer poets. This series was dreamed up out of a desire to share work, experience art, and connect with community in a covid safer, more accessible, and anti-oppressive space. Partnering with Massy Voices and Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, Under the Table Open Mic Series will be on the first Tuesday of each month with some events in person at Massy Arts Society and others virtually on zoom.
Under the Table is a space where the richness that is queer and disabled life and art, flourishes and finds a home. It’s a space to share work that’s asking to be told, but might not be welcomed in other spaces, if you are able to access those spaces at all. It’s a space where being queer and/or disabled (whether or not those specific words resonate for you) makes your work a brilliant fit, regardless of how queer or disabled you think the poetry you wish to share is, how connected you are to disabled and/or queer community, and whether you feel disabled and/or queer “enough” to participate. It’s a space to witness and engage with the work of incredible artists, anywhere on their path of sharing their work–from the person who has never shared in front of an audience, to artists who have read or performed work many times. It’s a space where there’s room to be scared, and choose to be in community, share, and engage with others’ work. It’s a space where we don’t claim to know all the answers, but are willing to be in the messy, nuanced space of learning together. Come to “Under the Table” to laugh, cry, celebrate, sit in discomfort, feel understood, and be together.
This project has been made possible by The League of Canadian Poets, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture.
Venue & Accessibility
The event will be hosted virtually via zoom. Automatic captioning will be turned on, we recognize automatic captioning is imperfect. We are working towards securing funding for CART to improve the quality of captioning. We ask anyone speaking or performing to provide a visual description for blind and low vision audience members.
ASL interpretation is confirmed for the event. Please note that there may be some hiccups in interpretation for poems they are not able to read beforehand. If you have questions about accessibility at this event please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
With Author & Featured Poet:
Robyn Kaur Sidhu (she/he/they) is a queer, mad, disabled, Punjabi poet. They hold a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University. They have had feelings publicly, and have performed them on stages across Turtle Island and the United Kingdom. They have self published three chapbooks, and will occasionally break out into poetry on the street. They are the creative director of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam, a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and is a former director for the Voices of Today youth poetry festival, the former Co-chair Communications of SpeakNORTH and a former spoken word teaching artist with the Hamilton Youth Poets. They are a youth arts educator of consent, race, 2SLGBTQ+ identity, poetry and visual arts. They are trying to be the adult they needed as a kid. You can find Robyn on the internet if that’s your thing @Robyn_Sidhu