Author Archives: Black Coffee Poet

About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.

BLACK COFFEE POET READS @ SPINLAW 2014

Last Saturday I had the honour of reading at the York University Osgoode Hall Law School conference SPINLAW (Student Public Interest Network Legal Action Workshop) for the second year in a row! For SPINLAW 2013 I read a poem commissioned … Continue reading

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VIDEO BLOG: BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2014 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

This video blog is a companion to my previous post Black Coffee Poet’s Book Recommendations for Black History Month 2014. In this video I show the books while talking about them and their authors. Watch, SHARE, Tweet and comment on … Continue reading

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BLACK COFFEE POET’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2014

Black Coffee Poet’s Book Recommendations For Black History Month 2014 By Jorge Antonio Vallejos I remember growing up and listening to my Black friends (my first crew comprised of 5 Caribbean boys and I) make correct claims that our school … Continue reading

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AN INCOMPLETE LIST OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN MURDERED IN ONTARIO, CANADA + PHOTO ESSAY OF THE 9th ANNUAL STRAWBERRY CEREMONY IN HONOUR OF MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN (TORONTO)

Hundreds of Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered in the land now known as Canada.  Every February 14th, Indigenous peoples and their allies gather in front of police headquarters in Toronto, Canada (and various places across the country) … Continue reading

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HUNDREDS OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN ARE MISSING AND HAVE BEEN MURDERED IN CANADA

Is Canada a utopia? It’s often described as such: safe haven, melting pot, welcoming… For many people it is not any of these. One of the main things that is not talked about is that Canada is stolen land. Canada … Continue reading

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WASHING THE WORLD: A POEM FOR CANADA’S 800+ MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN

Washing the World By Anna Marie Sewell In the dark at this end of the year so much stacked up against the light between us, against the odds despite the tears, in this season’s bitter wind listen to a dream … Continue reading

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THE SITE OF MEMORY: NOTES FROM A TALK BY TONI MORRISON

The Site of Memory: Notes From A Talk By Toni Morrison By Jorge Antonio Vallejos Two days ago I finished Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir edited by William Zinsser. It’s a collection of essays by well known biographers … Continue reading

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VLOG: BLACK COFFEE POET’S WINTER 2014 READING LIST

In my last post, Black Coffee Poet’s Winter 2014 Reading List, I listed all the books I’m reading this winter. This video-blog is a companion to my reading list.  I show you the books, talk about their authors, and big … Continue reading

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BLACK COFFEE POET’S WINTER 2014 READING LIST

Winter Reading List 2014 By Jorge Antonio Vallejos It’s a new season, which means  it’s time for a new reading list.  I’m a bit late putting this up but there’s still close to two months left of this cold winter: … Continue reading

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BLACK COFFEE POET’S TOP 10 BOOKS READ IN 2013

I wanted to wait until 2013 was over to put up a top 10 list. Every year I intentionally read a mix of poetry, essays, reportage, short stories, spiritual, and self help/motivational books. “Read everything” is what Chicnao writer Jimmy … Continue reading

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