Ayanna Black: A Poet’s Reflection

More from our ongoing digitization project.

Poetry Reading & Reflections by Ayanna Black, for International Women’s Day, March 8 2007

Ayanna Black shares her personal experience as a feminist poet, anthologist and one of the founding members of CANBAIA (Canadian Artists Network – Black Artists in Action). She reads from her books No Contingencies, Fiery Spirits & Voices, and excerpts from work-in-progress.

Ayanna Black was a pioneering black woman poet who was involved in the feminist movement for over 20 years. She was one of the founding members and editor of Tiger Lily journal, Canada’s first magazine by Women of Colour.

Ayanna passed away July 2009.

You can read about her here
and here.

Please note that around 45 minutes into the talk, the recording shuts off briefly, cutting off part of the poem D.O.A./Dead On Arrival. The final stanza of that poem is:

the police threw his body
like a side of bleeding beef
shoved it in a black maria
killin’ time
hasslin’ his friends
this man
father
lover
brother
son
friend

–Ayanna Black, No Contingencies, Williams-Wallace Publishers Inc. 1986, Toronto. Pgs 35-36.

“Status Quo” Documentary Free Online March 8-10

The next meeting of our monthly Feminist Media Studies Circle will be March 18th. In celebration of IWD, well be discussing the new documentary Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada.

This NFB film will be available online for free March 8 through 10, so make sure you take advantage and watch it in advance, then join us on March 18 to discuss!

Watch the documentary here.

More details about our March 18th discussion of the film here.

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IWD Events Roundup

The Japan Foundation is presenting a panel this Monday, March 4 at 6:30 on Gender, Diversity, and Tohoku Reconstruction: Challenges and Opportunities Two Years On. More details here.

Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus is hosting a Women In Film Festival for IWD. March 8, 5-10:30pm, 2 films with panels and discussions. One of the films is the internationally-acclaimed Miss Representation. More info here.

The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario will screen Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada at 6pm on March 8 at OISE. Details here

The NFB will also stream the Status Quo film for free on their site starting March 4, in celebration of IWD. www.nfb.ca

Hart House at UofT is celebrating IWD with its Breaking New Ground conference. March 8, 9am-4pm. Advance registration required.
Details here.

The WGSI at the University of Toronto is celebrating IWD with a number of events. Details.

Herstories Cafe is hosting a talk at the Bata Shoe Museum with Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack about the museum’s creation and the history of the high heel. March 6, 6pm.  www.herstoriescafe.com

At the CWSE, we’re co-sponsoring the Toronto Nepali Film Festival, March 8, 6:30pm, screening of Dasdhunga. Details here.