Join Sarah de Leeuw, award-winning researcher and creative writer, and Ariel Smith, Executive Director of the world’s largest Indigenous media arts festival, imagineNATIVE, for an in-depth conversation about Where It Hurts, a book that shines the spotlight on lost geographies and lost people. Sheniz Janmohamed will host this event.
Where It Hurts is a highly-charged collection of personal essays, haunted by loss, evoking turbulent physical and emotional Canadian landscapes. Sarah de Leeuw’s creative non-fiction captures strange inconsistencies and aberrations of human behaviour, urging us to be observant and aware. The essays are wide in scope and expose what—and who—goes missing.
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Sarah de Leeuw is a human geographer, award-winning poet and creative non-fiction writer. De Leeuw grew up on Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, then lived in Terrace, BC. She has worked as a tugboat driver, women’s centre coordinator, logging camp cook, and as a journalist and correspondent for Connections Magazine and CBC Radio’s BC Almanac. She is currently an Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and divides her time between Prince George and Kelowna.
Sheniz Janmohamed is an author, artist educator, spoken word artist and occasional land artist. She has performed at venues around the world including the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Aga Khan Museum. She has authored two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010)and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014), and is currently working on her third collection of nature-inspired ghazals.
Ariel Smith (Nêhiyaw) is an award winning filmmaker, video artist, writer and cultural worker currently based in Dish with One Spoon Treaty Territory (Toronto, Ontario). She has been making work since 2001 & has shown at festivals and galleries internationally. Ariel is the Executive Director of the world's largest Indigenous media arts festival, imagineNATIVE.