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Friedman, Robinsong to appear at Oxygen Art Centre’s Author Reading Series

By Contributor
March 31st, 2023

The Oxygen Art Centre is thrilled to welcome Kathy Friedman and Erin Robinsong to the Author Reading Series on Wednesday April 19th at 4 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Kathy Friedman is a writer and professor, joining us from Toronto, Canada. Her recent collection of stories, All the Shining People, is published by House of Anasi Press in 2022.

All the Shining People explores migration, diaspora, and belonging within Toronto’s Jewish South African community, as individuals come to terms with the oppressive hierarchies that separate, and the connections that bind.

Seeking a place to belong, the book’s characters — including a life-drawing model searching the streets for her lover; a woman confronting secrets from her past in the new South Africa; and a man grappling with the legacy of his father, a former political prisoner — crave authentic relationships that replicate the lost feeling of home.

With its focus on family, culture, and identity, All the Shining People captures the experiences of immigrants and outsiders with honesty, subtlety, and deep sympathy. 

Accompanying Friedman is poet and interdisciplinary artist, Erin Robinsong who is currently based in Montréal, Canada, but will be joining us from the United Kingdom for the event.

Robinsong’s recent book of poetry, Wet Dream, is published by Brick Books (2022). Wet Dream is an expansive book of ecological thinking for living on a wet planet on fire. Erotic and political, vibrating with pleasures, medicines, and unrest, these poems metabolize toxic logics and traverse enmeshed ecologies through the wetness that connects.

A pulse of agency to the heart.

The evening will also feature a reading by student writer from the Selkirk College Creative Writing Program.

Join us on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 4 p.m. PST on Zoom to participate in the second instalment of the Author Reading Series featuring Kathy Friedman and Erin Robinsong. Admission is free or by donation. Register via EventBrite to attend.

Please note the Author Reading Series event with Canisia Lubrin and Jessica Johns has been rescheduled to take place on May 10, 2023, at 4 p.m. PST on Zoom. Register via EventBrite to attend.

This event is generously supported by this Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Special thanks to Oxygen’s Author Reading Series committee.


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