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Periodt: Black Queer Poetry Slam


February 23
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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VMF Winter Arts Hub
850 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 Canada
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February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Periodt: Black Queer Poetry Slam in collaboration with fanny kearse and Tafui

  • Thursday, February 23
  • VMF Winter Arts Hub
  • Doors at 6PM, Show 7PM—10PM

Poetry and storytelling are conduits for intergenerational healing and intergenerational joy. In commemoration of Black history month, we amplify, celebrate and illuminate the unique intersections that Black-Indigi-Queer folks bring to the community. Our legacies can never be erased as we bear witness to them together. Periodt: Black Queer Poetry Slam will bring Black queer poets to the stage.

This event is FREE and open to all.

Participating poets must identify as Black and be a part of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community. This slam will have three three-minute rounds. A draw will be held to choose 10 poets from the sign-up sheet. Sign-ups are required before the day of the event through the ticketing link, which allows for 20 free sign-up spots. All participating poets will be given a $50 honorarium. The first-place winner will receive $200, the second-place will receive $150, and the third-place winner will receive $100.

Sign up for slam here.

Each solo poem must be of the poet’s own creation.

Memorization is not required or necessary.  The poet may choose to bring a sheet of paper or chapbook to the stage to read off of their phone(s).

There will be three rounds. Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score by the scorekeeper.  The poem/performance will lose .5 (point 5) off of their score for each 10 seconds they go over.

The poet may not use props, costumes, pre-recorded/taped music, or musical instruments while performing.  It’s just you and your poem on stage.  BUT you are allowed to sing or beat box or make any other sounds with your body in your performance.

as far as props go…don’t write a poem about your phone and use your phone in your performance, or a poem about toques and point to your toque etc.  

The poem may NOT include sexist, racist, homophobic, or transphobic comments. Basically, use your common sense and don’t be a jerk, and leave your hate at the gate.  However anger, upset and frustration are totally legit emotions to express in your poem, just be creative in how you go about doing it.

The poet receives scores out of 10 from five randomly-selected judges. The high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score out of 30.

ASL interpretation can be requested for all Vancouver Winter Pride Festival events. To request ASL interpretation please email accessibility@vancouverpride.ca by January 17. Requests made after this date will be subject to availability.

For the most up-to-date accessibility information visit vancouvepride.ca/accessibility.

All Vancouver Pride events take place on the unceded, occupied, traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw {Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We realize that the work we are able to do could not happen without the wisdom and intelligence of the two-spirit people and organizations that have taught us, stuck with us, and led us through organizational changes to better serve our 2SLGBTQAI+ communities. We hold our hands up to thank them for their brilliance, resilience, patience and strength.

Featuring Staceyann Chin

Poet, actor, and performing artist Staceyann Chin is the author of the new poetry collection Crossfire: A Litany For Survival, the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise, cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands AfireUnspeakable ThingsBorder/Clash, and MotherStruck. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, and her poetry been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, and a resident of New York City, as well as a Jamaican national.

Hosted by fanny kearse

storyteller • poet • disrupter • artivist • community connector • producer • mental health advocate • truth seeker • elevator of youth • boxer • pilates practitioner • slayer of mountains • the dream of a slave

in an act of courageous rebellion, fanny walked away from nearly a decade as a social worker and headed west to pursue lifelong dreams of being a poet and disrupting the system to be more diverse, inclusive and equitable. fanny fuses her experience as a social worker and lived experiences as a marginalized human to express her activism through means of poetry and storytelling. 

fanny resides in so called ‘vancouver’, on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. she lives with her dog, Sullivan and future wife, Jen.

Learn more about Present curated by Tafui, as part of VMF Winter Arts.