FORUM #4: NS, NL, PEI
Jennifer Alicia Murrin (she/they)
Jennifer Alicia Murrin (she/they) is a queer, mixed Mi’kmaw and settler (German/Irish/Scottish) multidisciplinary artist originally from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland), now residing in Toronto. She is a two-time national poetry slam champion and her work has been featured in Canthius Magazine, NOW Magazine, and CBC. They recently presented an excerpt of their play To Go Home at the Weesageechak Begins To Dance 35 Festival. Jennifer Alicia recently edited an Indigenous poetry anthology called The Condor and the Eagle Meet, which was released in May 2022 through Kegedonce Press. Find out more about her work at jenniferalicia.com.
Title of Workshop: “Speak Up, Speak Out”
Participants will learn how our voices can be a tool for change to address the injustices we experience and witness in our lives. Participants will be guided through writing exercises and prompts to assist in finding their own stories to create a poetic piece in their own words. There will be an opportunity to share at the end of the workshop. All you will need is to have something to write with.
Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya (she/her)
Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island, and based in Ottawa, Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya is a queer multidisciplinary artist that writes enchanting and heartbreaking experimental-folk music. Blending in her folk roots – from both islands that raised her, she builds sentient walls of sound that help you grieve and love. Their music makes you feel both nostalgic and at home, all at once. With a voice like honey, Amanda breaks your heart open, only to make you feel whole again.
Title of Workshop: “The Branches of Songwriting”
Exploring the power of songwriting through word and emotion mapping. Whether you have yet to write a song or are wanting to refine your skills, we invite you to analyze the waves around you and inside you, by branching out your techniques in songwriting. In this workshop, we will be writing a song collectively and individually. You do not need to be a musician/singer to be a songwriter, nor to participate.