Kazim Ali and Friends

On Thursday, March 14th at 6pm, join Massy Arts and Massy Books in celebrating the work of Kazim Ali and Friends: Cecily Nicholson, Bronwen Tate, Jen Currin and Hari Alluri, with host Brandon Wint.

This project has been made possible by 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.

Registration is free and required for entrance.

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 readers:

KAZIM ALI was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translations. He is currently a professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His new collection, Sukun, is a collection of the best poetry across his nearly 20 year career.

Cecily Nicholson is the author of four books and past recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. She is an assistant professor in the School of Creative Writing at UBC and the 2024/2025 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley.

Bronwen Tate is the author of the poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore. She is Undergraduate Chair in the School of Creative Writing at UBC, where she offers courses in poetry, creative nonfiction, literary translation, and the teaching of creative writing. In collaboration with UBC colleague John Vigna, Bronwen is co-writing a creative writing pedagogy book under contract with Bloomsbury Academic.

Jen Currin has published six books, most recently Hider/Seeker: Stories, which won a Canadian Independent Book Award and was named a 2018 Globe and Mail Best Book, and the recently published poetry collection Trinity Street. Currin lives on unceded Qayqayt, Musqueam, Kwikwetlem, and Kwantlen Nation territories in New Westminster and teaches writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Their second collection of short stories, Disembark, will be out from House of Anansi in May.

Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is a migrant poet of Filipinx & South Asian descent living and writing on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Qayqayt, Kwikwetlem lands. Author of The Flayed City (Kaya Press), co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press, and co-editor of We Were Not Alone: a Community Building Art Works anthology, his work appears recently in AALR, The Capilano Review’s ti-TCR, filling Station, Kweli, Marías at Sampaguitas, poetry in canada, and Best of the Net 2021 (via Split This Rock). He has received fellowships and grants from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Las Dos Brujas, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and others.

About the host:

Brandon Wint is an Ontario-born poet, spoken word artist, educator and multi-disciplinary storyteller based in western Canada. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after touring performance poet, having shared his work all over Canada, and internationally at festivals and showcases in the United States, Australia, Jamaica, Latvia and Lithuania. Brandon is ever-grateful for the power of poetry as a spiritual technology and social force. He is devoted to using poetry as a tool for refining his sense of justice, love, and intimacy. Brandon Wint’s poems and essays have been published in The Ex Puritan, Event Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, and Black Writers Matter, among other places. Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020) is his debut collection of poetry. His debut film, My Body Is A Poem/The World Makes With Me screened at DOXA documentary film festival in 2023.