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Single Onion #148

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

WHAT: The Single Onion welcomes everyone to its 2018 Lecture Series Part III: MANIFEST: A feminist poetry share and panel discussion

WHEN: Thursday, March 15th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (

This evening of poetry will explore feminism in a radicalized social context, accountability in the arts, reclamation, and methods to manifest. We welcome you to join us, listen to some fantastic poets, ask us hard questions, and share in this love. The event has been curated by Audrey Lane, and will feature Dwennimmen, Vila, and Harpreet M Dayal.

Shima Aisha Robinson works for APIRG on the University of Alberta campus as the Programming and Working Group Coordinator. She advances her enthusiasm for anti-oppression work by volunteering, interning and working with local groups that address systemic issues of oppression and marginalization in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (aka Edmonton). She is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton)-born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.

Vila, also known as V.ILA or V., is a full time artist and educator residing in YYC, Treaty 7 land. Born and raised in the streets of Surrey BC, Hip Hop (music and the culture) was a heavy influence in her life. The letter V symbolizes the womb of the goddess – infinite creation and compassion. It also symbolizes the number 5 in roman numerals, which is the number of change, freedom, and personal will. ILA is the soul. ILA is the street. ILA is the grime. So V.ILA was created. Her soul’s expression is the art of playing with words and bringing them to life with her voice. She studied Fine Arts English and Education at the University of Calgary. She currently is freelancing as an educator, bringing sessions to schools and workshops that help adults and youth believe in their dreams, step out of their comfort zone, and understand how art can impact the world. 2018 is going to be one of her most substantial years as she will be publishing her first book and releasing her first spoken word EP.

Harpreet M Dayal was born and raised in London, England. She moved to Calgary, Canada in 2015. With a background in finance, moving to another country encouraged her to explore her creative side and start taking writing more seriously and do something different. In 2016, Dayal went on to publish her first children’s book titled ‘Wilbert the Worm’ and poetry book called ‘Svadhyaya: A Journey of Self Learning,’ which was a celebration of her taking a step into her power. Dayal has made a concerted effort to integrate into the local arts and culture sector. Dayal began sharing short pieces of poetry and musings on her Instagram page in 2015, which has now accumulated a following of over 60K. Furthermore, Dayal has recently started her own poetry event called ‘Love Notes and Coffee’ with the goal to bring positivity and people of different artistic backgrounds together and share what they love. Dayal hopes to encourage established and aspiring artists to be able to share their work in an inviting and non-judgmental environment.

Audrey Lane is a poet, spoken word artist, arts organizer, and park naturalist based in Treaty 7 land, Calgary AB. Her work is rooted in wild, both outside and in. She ardently advocates for mental health awareness, love, and care for the natural world through her work in education and poetry. Her work embodies wild feminist rhetoric, political discontent, tender feels in a body that overheard it was broken, deep time, and river rhythm. She has competed and performed nationally and internationally, completed residencies in the Yukon and at Banff Centre for the Arts, and loves creating and performing in ways that stretch the edges of art. She is invested in exploring poetry, artistic fusion, community, learning, healing, and transformation.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development


March 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Shelf Life Books


Shelf Life Books
1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8 Canada
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