Bechdel Tested and IFOA co-present a panel discussion titled Women in Writing followed by the critically acclaimed feature film, A Quiet Passion. The panel discussion will focus on women in the literary world and will feature Gwen Benaway, Farzana Doctor, Jael Richardson and Phoebe Wang. Moderated by Susan Cole.
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This event is co-presented with the Revue Cinema
Gwen Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, What I Want is Not What I Hope For, is forthcoming in 2018. A Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received a Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
Susan G. Cole is an author, playwright and activist. She’s the author of two books on violence against women, the author of A Fertile Imagination, a groundbreaking play about two lesbians trying to have a baby. She has been a contributor to IFOA for over 15 years.
Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which in 2012 won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award and was the One Book One Brampton 2017 winner) and All Inclusive, a Kobo 2015 and National Post Best Book of the Year. She curates the Brockton Writers Series. www.farzanadoctor.com
Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life and The Stone Thrower children’s book, which was shortlisted for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. Richardson is a columnist on CBC’s q and is two-time TDSB Writer-in-Residence. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she serves as the founder and Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).
Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of Prism international's Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.