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2018 Glass Buffalo National Poetry Prize Shortlist Announcement 

Lana Kouchnir's poem,"In the Season of the Loud Body", has been shortlisted for the 2018 Glass Buffalo National Poetry Prize! The winner will be announced at the Fall 2018 Glass Buffalo issue launch on Wednesday, September 26, at Yellowhead Brewery in Edmonton, Alberta. Full shortlist announcement can be read here

 


 

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. 

Synopsis:

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.

SCHEDULE

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.

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As a feminized labour, domestic and emotional care work is undervalued and invisibilized. The Babyshka's Traces zine counters narratives that undervalue feminized labour, womxn, and femininity by celebrating the work of Grandmothers whose legacies are inextricably woven into folk culture.

In recognition that some participants may find it difficult to write about their blood Grandmother, for the purposes of the collective zine project, Grandmother refers to any elderly figure (mentor, friend, mythological figure, author, etc.) considered to have served a Grandmotherly role.

Folk Camp Participants will be asked to reflect on the following questions:

1) In what ways did your Grandmother(s) impact your life? 

2) What is your most salient memory of your Grandmother?

3) What memory, story, lesson, prayer, or gift did your Grandmother impress upon you?

4) What is your relationship to emotional and domestic labour as it connects to your gender and gender expression?

5) In what ways does the essentialist belief that emotional and domestic care work are "natural" to womxn obscure sexism, antagonism towards femininity, and the actual effort expended to perform such labour?

6) In what ways have I been taught to explicitly and implicitly undervalue labour assigned to femininity?

7) In what ways was my Grandmother's labour undervalued and invisibilized?

Following an optional one-hour poetry writing workshop and discussion group, 2016 Folk Camp participants will be asked to translate their reflections into a short submission using an artistic medium of their choice. Participants' poems, stories, drawings, songs, paintings, and photographs will be compiled by Lana K into a black-and-white zine. 

 


 

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 K 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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Again

and

again

a rewilding. 

In intensive rehearsal mode for Vovk, an experimental and rewilded 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 a very 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, the Ottawa Carlton District School Board, and the Ottawa Catholic 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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