Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Gakina Nindinawemaaganag Lounge - UC1007
Event Fee: 
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Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services
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Love Poems for the End of the World 
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Gakina Nindinawemaaganag Lounge - UC1007

In this workshop join two-spirit poet, Smokii Sumac, author of you are enough: love poems for the end of the world (Kegedonce Press, 2018), while he introduces love poems of all kinds, and helps you learn to write your own! Smokii's expertise in the love poem began through his own 2-year process of writing daily haiku and posting on social media. Over that time, he found himself writing haiku verses on gender, Indigenous ceremony, his cat, transitioning, changing his name, his crushes, grief, loss, and dating. Throughout all of it, he realized that at the heart of every poem, is love. And when we find ourselves where we are now, with a growing climate crisis, with racism and hatred being emboldened through elections, with so much loss and pain, the only answer that Smokii can see is choosing to love. And what's the best way to spread love? There are many great ways, of course, but for Smokii, it's always been the love poem. He's written love poems to his car, to his mother's great great grandmother, to his partners, his friends, and his cat! And now he wants to help you spread the love! Whether you are feeling sexy, asexy, (or maybe both!), aromantic, or into romance, whether you want to write a love poem to your favourite smoked meat sandwich, or vegan brownie, or to the land you were born from, or the ocean you haven't seen in years, or maybe you have a crush or wedding vows to write! Whatever your pleasure, all are welcome to come share what you love, who you love, where you love, why you love, and when, on the page. (please bring a notebook and pen)

Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation, a PhD Candidate at Trent University, and a faculty member at College of the Rockies, where he teaches Indigenous Studies.  He is also a poet, releasing his debut poetry collection you are enough: love poems for the end of the world in December 2018 with Kegedonce Press. Smokii is has performed across the country, including at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2017) and at the Queer Arts Festival (2018). As a two-spirit and transgender educator, Smokii has also facilitated workshops for various organizations and groups, including as a knowledge holder at the Trent Elder’s Gathering (2018).