IN PERSON Lit Night with Leah Horlick: setting boundaries for writers and poets
February 8, 2023
Writers, poets, and other artists create for many reasons: to express, to reflect, to begin and respond to conversations. We create because we are compelled to tell stories, whether it’s just for ourselves or to share with others. When our work becomes public, conversations can sometime extend beyond the piece itself to include a closer lens at the author or artist. Public readings, Q&As, and other literary events can be enriching. But they can also be probing, taxing, and sources of insecurity.
What can we do to find and maintain confidence while sharing our work with others? How can we be intentional in community and capacity building? How can we connect authentically with the community without costing our sense of security? Join Leah Horlick in exploring how writers and poets can set boundaries as emerging artists exploring and expanding our work and community.
We encourage discussion during the event and will have time allotted for a Q&A.
This free program takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre (AWCS), on the 4th floor of cSpace Marda Loop (map).
Leah Horlick is the current Canadian Writer-in Residence for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary. She is a writer and poet who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree Territory & the homelands of the Métis in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her long-awaited third collection of poems, "Moldovan Hotel," is available now from Brick Books. Her first book, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second collection, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), was named a 2016 Stonewall Honour Book by the American Library Association. She is also the author of wreckoning, a chapbook produced with Alison Roth Cooley and JackPine Press. She lived on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver for nearly ten years, during which time she and her dear friend Estlin McPhee ran REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series. In 2016, Leah was awarded the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. In 2018, her piece "You Are My Hiding Place" was named Arc Poetry Magazine's Poem of the Year.
Credit for Leah Horlick's photo goes to Erin Flegg.
This is an in-person discussion event without livestreaming capability. Can't attend? Leah has a fulsome blog series on the same topic that you can find and read here.
In solidarity with queer, sick, and disabled communities and in response to the ongoing pandemic, Leah asks participants to please seriously consider wearing a mask while in attendance.
To help create a scent-reduced environment, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, and other scented products.
cSpace Marda Loop is a fully wheelchair accessible venue with an elevator. Multiple accessible, gender-neutral washrooms are available on the first floor.
The building has three entrances: one off 30th Ave (southside), and two off the 29th Ave parking lot (northside). Wheelchair access is through the NE glass doorway.
cSpace has public WiFi (cSPACE_Public)
Take a virtual tour of cSpace King Edward: https://cspacekingedward.com/virtual-tour/
Washrooms: There are men’s and women’s stalls with a shared sink area on the first (1st) floor, as well as several large all-gender stalls with wheelchair access, and baby changing stations.
Elevators: Elevators are located on every floor midway down the hallway.
Parking: The surface parking lot located off 29th avenue includes two (2) accessible parking spaces.
Building Access: Access drop-off is at the north-facing entrance, which offers direct access to the 1st floor where the Studio Theatre is located.
cSPACE King Edward is located at 1721 29 Ave SW and is accessible by bike, scooter, bus, car, or on foot.
Calgary Transit’s number 6, 7 and 107 bus routes will get you within a few blocks.
There is a surface parking lot (35 stalls) located off 29th avenue that includes two (2) accessible parking spaces. Access drop-off is at the north-facing entrance.
There is also free on-street parking on the south side of the property.
The University of Calgary acknowledges the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. The University of Calgary acknowledges the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples in Canada and is committed to our collective journey towards reconciliation to create a welcome and inclusive campus that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being.