Black Writers in CanLit

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The Manitoba Museum, Auditorium

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Ismaila Alfa moderates a discussion about writing as a Black Canadian. Artists include Arthur Anyaduba, Chimwemwe Undi, and Amanda Parris

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Join us for a live on-stage panel discussion and podcast recording of Writing While Black in CanLit.

When discussing the primary goal for her anthology Black Writers Matter, Whitney French said: "How do we tell our stories by magnifying our dignity in the everyday?" DD explores the nuances of writing while black in Canada and the ways in which black authors are creating spaces for the community to tell their own stories with writer Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba, Chimwemwe Undi and Amanda Parris. Moderated by Ismaila Alfa.

*This discussion is not to be confused with Writing While Black, the creative writing series created by Whitney French*

Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba was born and raised in Nigeria before migrating to Canada. He has worked as a teacher, a newspaper journalist, and an editor. He is currently an assistant professor of English at The University of Winnipeg specialising in African literatures and the literatures of the “Black” diasporas. He is also a senior editor of Saraba literary magazine.

Chimwemwe Undi’s poetry has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, Prairie Fire Magazine, the Humber Literary Review, and MAKING ROOM: Forty Years of Room Magazine, on CBC Manitoba and BBC World, and at the Edinburgh International Writer’s Festival. She lives on Treaty One in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she is a third-year law student and poet in classrooms with Poetry In Voice.

By day, Amanda Parris is a television and radio host and writes a weekly column. By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. Other Side of the Game is her first published play. In Amanda’s past lives she was an educator who wrote arts-based curricula, attended numerous acting auditions and dreamed of opening a school that Blue Ivy Carter would attend. Over the course of her career, Amanda has worn a variety of hats, working as an educator, a researcher, an actor and a community organizer. She is the co-founder of the award-winning alternative education organization Lost Lyrics and worked with the Remix Project and the Manifesto Festival. She has spoken about her work at United Nations conferences around the world. Parris completed her Honours B.A. degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies at York University and her M.A. degree in Sociology of Education at the University of Toronto. She was a playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Company and Alameda Theatre Company and studied writing and acting at b current performing arts, anitafrika dub theatre and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Ismaila Alfa hosts Up to Speed on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM, which can be heard weekdays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. or live streamed at cbc.ca/manitoba. Ismaila is excited to take Up to Speed out into the community. What he loves most is  reflecting Winnipeg in the moment, highlighting exciting things going on in the city each and every day. It is also a place to meet, taking a pulse on the day’s top-of-mind topics that matter to Winnipeggers and Manitobans.

Ismaila is well-known in the Manitoba music scene. He spent many years touring Canada and the US as a hip hop musician. Originally from Nigeria, his mother is from Pipestone, Manitoba and so Ismaila came back to Canada to make Manitoba his home. Ismaila Alfa joined CBC Manitoba in 2008 as a traffic reporter and quickly became the go-to navigator of Winnipeg streets. He has also hosted CBC Manitoba’s Scene On-Air where he created a special meeting place for the arts on radio. A musician himself, he could talk to musicians, artist to artist. Most recently he spent a year and a half waking up with Manitoba on the weekends as Interim host of CBC Manitoba’s The Weekend Morning Show. He completed his early school years in Edmonton, wrapping up his middle and senior school years in Winnipeg. He then pursued a civil engineering degree at the University of Manitoba.

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