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You Are Your Ancestors Dreams…What You Gonna Do?!

February 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Throughout Black Futures Month and beyond, we, not just Black folks, but we the community, celebrate the ways in which Black culture uplifts, transcends and inspires freedom. We are our ancestors dreams; so what you gonna do about it?!

Join Eman Salem & fanny kearse as they host renowned poet, author and activist, Staceyann Chin for an evening of storytelling, writing prompts, conversation and community care.

This event is open to all folks & allies who want to celebrate Black Futures Month with us!


Staceyann Chin

Poet, actor, and performing artist Staceyann Chin is the author of the new poetry collection Crossfire: A Litany For Survival, the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise, cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck.

She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, and her poetry been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, and a resident of New York City, as well as a Jamaican national.

fanny kearse

in an act of courageous rebellion, fanny walked away from nearly a decade as a social worker and headed west to pursue lifelong dreams of being a poet and disrupting the system to be more diverse, inclusive & equitable. in 2021 fanny won the Harold Green Theatre monologue competition for her poem, ‘Black & Jewish’. fanny facilitates poetry workshops for youth with Vancouver Poetry House. she is participating in Sum Theatre’s ‘first monday’ program for emerging playwrights in may 2023. fanny’s first book, ‘umi’s prayer’ will be released in february 2023.

fanny is a Black-Jewish-Sapphic settler on the Unceded, Ancestral Coast Salish Territories working towards land, water and relational justice.

Eman Salem

Eman (they/she) is an Afro-Queer Egyptian settler, an award winning documentary producer, DEI facilitator, empowerment coach, public speaker, and meditation teacher. She uses the art of compassion and vulnerability to foster radical system change, which leads us to creating a more just, beautiful, joyful, and magical human experience for all. She creates spaces for authentic and raw dialogue, learning and reframing for the individual and the collective. After 10 years in the corporate world, she shifted her focus to building a strong and compassionate community through her business IronSelf and her meditation practice.


February 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST