The Queer Sentence
Readings and panel discussion with Arleen Paré, Betsy Warland, Ali Blythe, Jane Byers and Leah Horlick.
**Shani Mootoo is no longer appearing on this panel.**
Hosted by Chris Fox
Saturday, November 8, 11:15 a.m.
Sponsored by Plenitude Magazine
What, if anything, makes queer women's writing distinct? Is there a "lesbian sentence" in the same way that Virginia Woolf implied there would be a "woman's sentence"? Has this sentence changed with the increased social acceptance of queer women? Join this intergenerational panel, with Betsy Warland, Leah Horlick, Jane Byers, Ali Blythe and Shani Mootoo, reading and discussing their work in this context. Host: Chris Fox.
Arleen Paré's first book, Paper Trail, was won the Victoria Butler Book Prize and was shortlisted for BC Books Dorothy Livesay Prize in Poetry. She has two other books, Leaving Now, a novel, and most recently, Lake of Two Mountains, a collection of linked poetry shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. Her fourth book, Face in the Funeral Car, a collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Caitlin Press Fall 2015. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies in Canada. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Victoria.
Leah Horlick is a writer and poet from Saskatoon. A 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, her writing has appeared in So To Speak, Canadian Dimension, GRAIN, Poetry is Dead, Plenitude, Force Field: 75 Women Poets of British Columbia, and on Autostraddle. Her first collection of poetry, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012) was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award, and a second collection, For Your Own Good, is scheduled for spring 2015 with Caitlin Press. She currently lives on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, where she co-curates the city’s only queer and anti-oppressive reading series. (bio written by rob mclennan)
"What's worth salvaging from the canon? How do you create something beautiful out of trauma and grief?
Can we dream up something new while telling each other stories about the past? Is this any good?" - Leah Horlick, in an interview.
"I am perhaps best known for my language-focused writing and ways of working with silence and I find as much meaning in scoring blank
space on the page as I do in inscribing written language. The unsayable, the secreted, the unknowable: these are my obsessions –
how we encounter them in lover relationships, family, a homophobic
society, a mono-truth society and the inner work of spiritual practice."
- Poet, essayist, memoirist, mentor Betsy Warland
L. Chris Fox holds a BA (SFU), MA (SFU), and PhD (UVIC 2010) in English with interests in Canadian, women’s, queer, modernist, postmodernist, and contemporary literatures. She has published in Ariel, Atlantis, Studies in Canadian Literature, The Malahat Review, and Canadian Literature as well as in several Queer community newspapers and currently teaches at Royal Roads University in the International Student Centre.