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Odesa Caviar: A Lyrical Poem Video 

Amid a summer homeland visit, a queer connection jolts a young Ukrainian immigrant woman into confronting her self-surveillance instincts.

Concept, Collage, Poem, Performance: Lana Kouchnir 
Musical Composition, Sound Design and Mix: Alysha Brilla
Illustration: Kinnie Starr
Animation: Lucius Dechausay

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


Original mixed media piece by Tanja Tiziana ft. poetry fragment by Lana Kouchnir available for sale

Original collage/mixed-media piece entitled,
"A walk with Leo".

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Poetry contribution to "Lost letters to St Valentine" by Tanja Tiziana

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Fringe Toronto: Theatre Entrepreneurs' Network and Training

I've been selected to participate in Fringe Toronto's Theatre Entrepreneurs' Network and Training, a 10-day production skills training program from July 5-16, 2017!



Theatre Creators' Reserve Grant 

I've been awarded a 2016-2017 Theatre Creators' Reserve Grant from the Ontario Arts Council! An enormous thank you to the OAC and Mixed Company Theatre for the recommendation! 



Vovk to be featured at 2017 Undercurrents Ottawa Theatre Festival 

Vovk will be featured as an excerpted work-in-progress in the 2017 Undercurrents Ottawa Theatre Festival as part of the Late Night Series. 


Vovk (“wolf” in Ukrainian) is an award-winning coming-of-age queer femme wolf tale that follows Sasha, an immigrant Ukrainian girl-womxn, as she crosses the violence of becoming a modern witch. While in recovery from writer’s block at a retreat, Sasha journeys toward herself with guidance from matrilineal ancestors and a newly befriended elder.

Vovk was originally developed in the 2015-2016 Watah Theatre Transdisciplinary Artist Residency Program under the mentorship and dramaturgy of d'bi.young anitafrika.

A work-in-progress one-woman play.


THURSDAY, February 9 at 10:30pm
FRIDAY, February 10 at 10:30pm
SATURDAY, February 11 at 10:30pm
Arts Court Studio

Photographer: Paul Ohonsi



2016 Folk Camp Artist-in-Residence

Lana K has been selected as an artist-in-residence for the 2016 Folk Camp. During the period of August 13-21, 2016, Lana will facilitate a poetry writing workshop and discussion circle as part of the creation of 

Babyshka's Traces: A Folk Camp 2016 Collective Zine 
Creative Reflections on Feminized Labour and the Legacies Inherited From Grandmothers.



2017 Watah Theatre Outstanding Performance Award

Lana recently graduated from the 2015-2016 Transdisciplinary Arts Residency at the Watah Theatre; she was a recipient of the Watah Theatre's Outstanding Perfomance Award for Vovk, the first draft workshop presentation of her one-woman play created under the guidance and dramaturgy of d'bi. young anitafrika.

Photographer: Anique J. Jordan 





Sorplusi Institute Press celebrates another book launch!
Find photos of Lana Kouchnir in

Chimurenga: Watah Theatre Inaugural Season (photo book)

A photo documentation of The Watah Theatre's Inaugural year of 2014-2015. Chimurenga features over 30 Artists-in-Residence, guest lecturers, book launches, theatre presentations and an essay by d'bi.young anitafrika. 

Photographers featured: Anique J. Jordan | Vero Diaz | Paul Ohonsi | Anthony Gebrehiwot | Sylvia Limbana

A special limited hard cover edition.

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In intensive rehearsal mode for Vovk, an experimental new performance piece to be shared at next week's Mikey Smith Raw Works Festival

Photo by Alexandra Eutenier 



As an Assistant Editor at Sorplusi Institute Press, I had the deep honour of editing d'bi.young anitafrika's new book, Oya. Don't miss the November 25 launch at Lula Lounge.  

"OYA is d'bi.young anitafrika's 3rd collection of writing. The book traverses current socio-political world realities from an intimate and personal lens. Inspired by and dedicated to Oya, Orisha Goddess of Transformation and Defender of Womxn, anitafrika continues to ask potent questions and insists that r/evolutionary change is an ongoing personal practice that mushrooms into institutional change."

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Book tickets to the launch



In Love and In Danger Conference

I'm excited to create a custom-designed poetry workshop to be presented to high school students at the fall 2015 In Love and In Danger Conference. ILID is a teen dating violence prevention program offered in partnership with Family Services Ottawa and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.

The Power of Poetry: Creating an Anti-Violence Campaign on Teen Dating Violence and Social Media. October 29, 2015. 



Lana K has been selected as an artist-in-residence in the 2015-2016 Transdisciplinary Arts Program at the Watah Theatre. The 9-month residency guides artists-in-residence in creating cross-genre performance works under the femmetership of d'bi.young Anitafrika. 

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