Monthly Archives: September 2010

INTERVIEW WITH ZAINAB AMADAHY

Zainab Amadahy is a writer and activist of African American, Cherokee and European heritage.  Her publications include the novel Moons of Palmares (1998, Sister Vision Press) as well as an essay in the anthology Strong Women’s Stories: Native Vision & Community Activism, (Lawrence & Anderson, … Continue reading

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JUST GIVE ME A COOL DRINK OF WATER ‘FORE I DIIIE

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie By Maya Angelou Reviewed By Jorge Antonio Vallejos Titles usually give a sense of what a book is about.  One of my mentor’s, Lee Maracle, has taught me to … Continue reading

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ELI CLARE READS HIS POETRY

I first met Eli Clare in March 2008.  He was in town for a talk at the Ontario Institute for Secondary Education and agreed to be interviewed. I heard Eli’s footsteps before seeing his smile. Once in front of each … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH ELI CLARE

Eli Clare Talks Trans Pride, Disability and the History of the Freak Show By Jorge Antonio Vallejos Originally published August 12, 2010 in XTRA! As Eli Clare stood among a crowd on Church St at Toronto’s Trans March this year, … Continue reading

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THE MARROW’S TELLING

The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion  By Eli Clare By Jorge Antonio Vallejos I remember when I first saw Eli Clare’s collection of poetry The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion.  I was checking out the poetry section at Toronto Women’s … Continue reading

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Over 500 Aboriginal Women Have Been Murdered Or Gone Missing In Canada: A Poem To Mayor David Miller

In the summer of 2008 Carolyn Connolly and Katelynn Sampson (pictured left), two Aboriginal women, were murdered days apart in two different neighbourhoods in Toronto.  Local newspapers reported the murders, but no real action from police and government was seen, … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH CHRYSTOS

Menominee poet Chrystos is a warrior, writer, and arrow in the throat of colonization. Publishing five volumes of poetry, Chrystos is an important voice in the world of literature showing that Native Peoples and Peoples of colour can write, they … Continue reading

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