OUR 2022 Poetry inPrint Residents
Alexis Mael Miller is a young artist from Hamilton, Ontario. Growing up a black woman caused for a myriad of strange experiences that she now voices through different mediums of art. She uses her creative voice to present the world around her from a unique perspective that she hopes will coax those around her to reflect on their own.
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Carvela Lee is a black/queer Toronto based writer and poet who dares to imagine a world where strength and tenderness can coexist.
My goal is to animate the unsaid and gently caress broken hearts with my work.
Furqan Mohamed is a writer from Tkaronto/Toronto.
I currently serve as Culture Editor for mimp magazine and am a former Journalism Fellow with The Local. My writing has been published online and in print, in places such as Return Trip, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, and Feels Zine, with a focus on issues in culture, politics, and social justice.
My debut chapbook, a collection of poetry and prose, A Small Homecoming, was published by Party Trick Press.
Jimena Yengle is a Peruvian writer, artist and cultural manager, known for her book Roma Enamorada and her lyrical work.
Heyo! My name’s Noor Gouda. I’m 21 years old, and I’m the youngest of three kids. I’m a third culture kid, which means I come from one culture but grew up in another. So, I grew up in an Egyptian household, but across three different cultures: French, Emirati, and Canadian. Being a third culture kid I’m always thinking about identity within the context of ethnicity, nationality and culture. Currently, I am an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. I have a major in English literature and a double minor in philosophy and religion. My dreams for the future, becoming a poet and writer and owning three cats: an Egyptian Mau named Bast/Bastet a Bengal cat named Rumi and a black cat named Layaal.
Tia Alandra (she/her) is a writer, musician, poet, and arts administrator based on the traditional land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, colonially known as Toronto. Tia earned an MA in ethnomusicology and a BA in music and English. Her graduate research explored hybrid identities and world-making through the performance of spoken word poetry. She currently
serves as writer and editor for DOMINIONATED, an independent music journal celebrating emerging and underrepresented artists from Turtle Island, and event coordinator assisting with public arts programming for York Region Arts Council. Off the page, Tia likes going fast
on her bike, befriending trees, and leaving paintings half finished. As a person, her identity intersections are many and complex, but she prefers to identify as one whole human.
Hello, my name is Nataly Zebian. I am a Lebanese refugee living in Toronto. I’m currently pursuing animation to be able to share stories, experiences, and magic with others, but my first love has always been the written word. Recently, I had a nostalgic feeling that dragged me by the ear, shoved a pencil in my hand, and told me to keep writing. Easy to say, I’m happy I listened.
Natalie Chattargoon better known as ‘Rare’ is a multifaceted Toronto born and raised creative, passionate in community building, creative writing and photography. In the start of her career, she became a self taught 5x published photographer with work showcased around the GTA. Rare faced many challenges through her journey that motivated her to strive for a better life. Her work focuses on spotlighting key social issues and expresses it through her many projects. Rare’s World is a platform where she hopes to help others look deeper into the mind, body and soul to find their ultimate purpose. Rare has a passion for working in marginalized communities to break down stigmas. She is truly a one of a kind, so divine and a hard to find individual.
Daej Hamilton I am 26 year old queer black woman, who designs and builds furniture. Although I specialize in woodworking, I also love to write. From website descriptions to scripts, my favourite style of writing is poetry. I think this workshop would be an awesome opportunity to continue building my creative writing skills. I see myself starting a small blog about my furniture projects and I feel that this will help me flow right into that.
Jerushah Wright: I am a Creative currently launching my latest music project called, “Stay Brave” that will be released this November. I have over 4+ years of experience working with indignious, Black, LGBQT+ community Non- Profit Programs within Canada and I am thrilled to embark on this new journey with InPrint. As a Black, Bisexual singer/songwriter/Poet I have been waiting for such an extraordinary opportunity to express my work, my growth, my reality to this community in hopes to bring attention to matters of mental health, diversity and young adulthood.
OUR 2021 Poetry inPrint Residents
Bijal Prajapati (she/her) is an Indo-Canadian creative spirit, crafting and chasing unique collaborative projects that highlight all forms of diversity. She is an emerging poet, short story writer, digital artist, and ABA nerd living in Vaughan, Ontario. Dual cultural perspectives, mental health, and elements of science fiction are themes she enjoys exploring. Previously, she worked with the inPrint Collective on projects including BREAD & INK and AN ETERNAL DANCE. Search linktr.ee/bijeweled for all her socials.
Juliet Jones-Rodney (she/her)
Juliet Jones-Rodney (she/her) is an emerging singer, songwriter, poet, actor, playwright and social activist born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. As a Black woman she allows her activism to inform her work and strives to centre identities of Blackness in her writings. In her music, Juliet’s R&B infused ballads take inspiration from the legendary women before her. She takes the stage by storm with her sweet but powerful voice. Juliet was featured in the Paprika Festival as part of the Playwrights unit. Additionally, she was a part of the Lacuna Collective featured in the 2021 season of the Next Stage Theatre Festival.
Gloria O’koye (she/her)
From Toronto, Ontario. Gloria is a dedicated short story writer for 19 years and has written poetry for 8 years. She is an author of two self published books- ‘A Kintsugi Memoir’ and ‘Hood Chronicles’. Her writing reflects on her personal experience and the lives of people surrounding her. Also passionate about building relationships with different communities, she has been an active member in community engagements across the GTA since 2010. Gloria had recently become a reporter for the Toronto Caribbean News as of 2021 and had her poetry be showcased in the newspaper from 2020.
S. Rupsha Mitra (she/her)S. Rupsha Mitra is an undergraduate student and poet with a penchant to explore identity and spirituality. She is a finalist in Voice of Peace – International anthology contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in London Reader, Mekong Review, North Dakota Quarterly and Science for the People Magazine. Her website is www.srupshapoetry.com.
My name is Jadyn Hardie-Bardy, born and raised in Toronto. I’m a queer woman, Indigenous from Tyedinaga Mohawk Territory and Jamaican. I’m an early career artist beginning my writing at the age of 12 and have started to seriously begin my journey into the world of words at 16.
Alexandria McDonough (she/her) is a Toronto-based visual/digital/sound artist and wordsmith. She has exhibited at the Bayside Gallery in Toronto and is working on her next exhibition for 2022. Her themes include communication as a selectively mute autistic, and has a focus on popular culture and art from the 90s to the present.
Jacqueline Valencia (she/they) is a Toronto-based writer. She is the author of various essays and poetry books, including Lilith (Desert Pets Press, 2018). She is a project partner at Poetry inPrint and former acquisitions editor at Insomniac Press.
OUR 2019-2020 Poetry inPrint Residents
Catherine Tammaro was born in Toronto, and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of art making, including painting, fine art and award-winning design, theatre, soundscape/installation, musical collaboration, photographic/written journalism and extensive digital work/graphic design.
Her multi-media works have been exhibited in traditional/alternative gallery spaces and her written works and musical compositions have been published in various online blogs and installations.
Catherine has been involved in a wide array of interdisciplinary collaborations, ongoing special projects and themed exhibitions, as originator, curator, performer and exhibitor. She has been working with the academic community of late and is currently involved with several projects such as The Daughters of Aataentsic, The Star Collective, Walking With Our Sisters and others. She is a seated Tradition Keeper for the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation; Speckled Turtle Clan. Catherine is Akin Studio’s premiere
Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence, on the Council of the Children’s Peace Theatre, is the Elder for the Toronto Indigenous Business Association and is working with many agencies, city wide and beyond, to advise and facilitate art making/teaching workshops, as well as maintaining her own art practise regarding spiritual and ever changing realities as they pertain to our connection to the sacred multiverse.
Jennifer Chin is a multi-disciplinary visual artist. She approaches her work from a conceptual perspective incorporating a variety of processes ranging from durational performance, video, photography, printmaking, mould making and sculpture/installation. Much of her work explores ideas of excess, catalogue, and communication, often as it relates to food. She holds an associates diploma (AOCAD) in Sculpture/Installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design, a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Visual Art from the University of Windsor, and has exhibited her work in numerous screenings and exhibitions at galleries and museums including The Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Calgary, and the Museum of Modern Art in Hefei, China. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
Elyse Friedman has written for screens large and small, radio, magazines and the stage. Her most recent novel, The Answer to Everything, was published by HarperCollins Canada. Elyse’s books include Long Story Short; Waking Beauty; Then Again; and Know Your Monkey. Her work has been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, the Relit Award and numerous National Magazine awards. Know Your Monkey was a winner of a Foreword Book of the Year award, and The Soother, won a gold National Magazine award for fiction. Elyse is a graduate of the CFC. She has had two feature films produced, one of which premiered at TIFF, the other at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Elyse received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to research theatre. In 2016, she was invited to be a member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, where she wrote first full-length play, The Cole Porter Suite (live reading in 2017). In 2019, Elyse was awarded the TIFF-CBC Screenwriter Award Jury Prize for her screenplay Better Now, currently in development with Darius Films. Her screenplay, The Relationship Experiment, is in development with NHO Pictures Inc.
Shannon Moynagh is an artist and art educator who lives in Brampton, Ont. Graduating with her B.F.A from York University in 2009, she has since been involved with both the InPrint Collective and Beaux-Arts Brampton (BAB), creating art and teaching youth and adults. She has also taught painting and printmaking at Art City St. James Town, an organization that offers arts programming to at-risk youth in Toronto, and at various private schools across the G.T.A. Shannon has exhibited her work in Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, and Montreal, and received an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grant in 2013. Her paintings and prints are inspired by nature, both thematically and technically; she is currently exploring the process of death, decay and trace. Shannon is also a member of the Peel Arts Collective. Get in touch with Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arma Malik is a Mississauga-based artivist serving the Toronto Writers Collective as an editor, writer, and communications assistant. Using her background in academia and publishing, she is supporting writers from equity-seeking communities share their work and their voice within the public sphere. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction, and journalistic pieces to explore both her inner world, and the world surrounding her.
Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger fell in love with printmaking at York University. Since graduation, she has continued to practice print media with the inPrint Collective, of which she is a founding member. She concentrates mainly on relief techniques and works on a variety of themes including reflecting on childhood health, as well as the development and creation of myths, history, and fairy-tales. Maaike’s professional experience includes running youth workshops for the Grimsby Public Gallery (Grimsby, On), as well as previous work as a gallery intern for Muskoka Arts and Crafts (Bracebridge, On). Get in touch with Maaike at email@example.com
Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer and critic and earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Lilith (Desert Pets Press, 2018), There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film, a literary editor at The Rusty Toque. Jacqueline is a board member of CWILA (Canadian Women In Literary Arts) and organizer of The Toronto Poetry Talks (Racism and Sexism in the Craft), 2015. She is a project partner and the poetry program coordinator at Poetry inPrint.
Vanessa Vigneswaramoorthy is a Tamil-Canadian writer and community organizer who’s lived throughout the GTA, from Mississauga to Scarborough. She received her HBA specializing in English with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2018. In the past, her poetry has covered themes of Tamil-Canadian identity, intergenerational trauma, and the creative process. Her more recent work has focused on spatial justice, youth issues, and using creative writing as a form of advocacy. Outside of writing, you can find her reading or eating dessert. Follow her on twitter and Instagram @vandoesthings.
Dominique Russell is a writer, activist, scholar and teacher. She is the author of Instructions for Dreamers (Swimmers Group); Kensington, I Remember (Russell Creek Press); Taking the Waking Slow (Balmer Press); and the editor of Rape in Art Cinema (Bloomsbury). The co-founder and current chair of Friends of Kensington Market, she is also one of the founders of the Kensington Market Land Trust. She teaches French to new immigrants.
Amye St. John is a printmaker and mother of two girls. She graduated from OCADU in 2015 with a BFA in Printmaking. Her practice has recently been mixed media and relief, but she also works in lithography, screenprint, and intaglio. Her work focuses on the everyday and plays with narratives. Amye has shown her work across the GTA, and has previously participated in inPrint events before becoming a member. She was born and continues to live in Brampton, where she is also a member of the Peel Arts Collective. Get in touch with Amye at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Fedele; a printmaker, a designer, an artist, a renaissance woman. Some of my interests include Print, Books, Literacy, Nature, Space, Education, and all forms of self-expression. It was a pleasure to have worked as the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area Coordinator; (Not for Profit Organization), for such events as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, Fireside Culture Week 2010, and the Now & Then Festival 2010. I am a published poet; Treasure the Moment – Quill Books, 1996. I had the pleasure of reading my self-published children’s books and drawing illustrations for donations at Story Book Confidential – A Big Benefit for Small Print Toronto (Non-Profit Organization), 2013. I have supported the after school program at Story Planet in Toronto, 14-2015: supporting creative literacy; Story Club in a collaborative project with 826NYC to publish a dual-city travel guide, The Young Astronauts Guide to Toronto/The Young Superhero’s Guide to New York. I have had the pleasure of leading and instructing a weekly Woman’s Expressive Art Group at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, 14-2016.
As well I am a published illustrator; The Book of Nature – Art Metropole, 2006. Some of my prints may be found in the York University Print Archives. I have designed logos, some of which have been in circulation since 1996. I have designed tattoos in Canada and the UK. I am a singer; vocals for “Back In”, band “Justus”, Album “Don’t Surrender” recorded at Mushroom Studio, 2013. I adore engaging in all activities related to creative expression. I have been interested in transformation and potential, found in space and surface through experimentation. I adore thoughts, ideas and all forms of self-expression. I studied Printmaking in University and Education in College. Creative expression is a gift that has been developed for over 30 years and counting. I am open to collaborating and am grateful to be a part of the inPrint Collective, 2019.
Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in Room, Freefall and Three.
Andrea Thompson is a writer, spoken word artist, activist, and educator who has been teaching creative writing and performing her work for over twenty years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary Slamnation as a member of the country’s first national slam team and in 2005, her CD, One,was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. She is the author of the novel Over Our Heads and co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out. A graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA Creative Writing program, Thompson currently teaches through Workman Arts (CAMH), the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the University of Toronto’s Continuing Studies departments. Thompson is the author of several critical essays on spoken word, including “Committing the Act of Language: The (R)evolutionary Tactics and Hybridist Anxieties of Spoken Word’s Third Wave” (More Caught in the Act, YYZ, 2016), and “Spoken Word: A Gesture Towards Possibility” (Writing Creative Writing, Dundurn,2018). In 2018, Thompson released her second CD, Soulorationsand in 2019 she won the League of Canadian Poets’ Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Excellence and Innovation in Spoken Word.
Bijal Prajapati is Toronto-based writer, poet, and artist, exploring a Hindu-Canadian twist with every piece. She is also the author of the chapbook The Anxieties of a Push Pin (2019). As a graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough, Bijal hopes her unique voice can be heard outside her own head.
Maureen Da Silva is a Toronto-based first-generation Portuguese settler, cis-gender artist committed to an intersectional feminist practice. Her practice focuses on silk screen, lithography and relief, with forays into bookbinding. She has taken her love of print into the founding of the not-for-profit artist group, The inPrint Collective, of which she is the Managing Director. Through this collective, Maureen has been proud to showcase work in Scotiabank NuitBlanche (2012), Printopolis (2010), Culture Days (2010-present) and other spaces across the GTA. InPrint has also engaged in a number of community-based projects with partners such as The Scarborough Museum, East End Arts, and GravenFeather Studio. A 2008 graduate of York University’s B.F.A program, Maureen has also completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Toronto (2009), as well as her Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association (2013). Her research in her Women and Gender Studies Master’s program focused on the politics of inclusion within feminist art collectives, an interest which brought Maureen into the Feminist Art Collective (FAC). Maureen’s work tends towards the tensions of semi-controlled patternings and “unregistered registrations” when it comes to laying down her stencils, as well ventures into figurative works influenced by popular culture. She also embraces learning curves, and the possibilities of regeneration in the face of failure. Her own practice in feminism and printmaking, as well as the artistic wealth of her print community has inspired Maureen to (hopefully) a lifetime of creativity, non-stop learning and sharing.