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Queer Poetry Slam x Rainbow Lounge

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July 24, 2022
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ocean Art Works Pavillion
1531 Johnston St. Canada + Google Map

July 24, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 24, 2022, 6PM—10PM, Ocean Arts Pavillion

Manifest abundance and receive affirmations at the Rainbow Lounge on June 24! Poets are invited to fill space with their words for a chance to win up to $200 in prizes. Witness the poetry at the Ocean Art Works Pavillion. Stay for words by our featured poet, Jillian Christmas, the intensity of friendly competition, and marvel at the vibrance of 2SLGBTQAI+ community.

Celebrate Pride week at Vancouver Pride’s first-ever activation on Granville Island! Take in the views and art that the official Rainbow Lounge has to offer. Sip on cold drinks in the summer heat at the Ocean Arts Pavilion. Enjoy lounge-style entertainment featuring your favourite local drag performers and musicians.

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Featured Poet

Jillian Christmas is a queer, afro-caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC). Jillian works as an artist, educator, curator and consultant, she is the long-time spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and former artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. Jillian is the recipient of the 2021 Sheri-D Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word Poetry and the 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ emerging writers. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Christmas has presented poetry and theory in a multitude of venues including the BC Civil Liberties gala, the SFU 2018 grad conference closing keynote, and numerous panels focussed on  the intersections of critical race theory and contemporary art. Her debut collection, The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Jillian’s forthcoming children’s book, The Magic Shell (Flamingo Rampant Press 2022) is currently available for order.