Room Magazine and Massy Books have partnered to create space for Indigenous Brilliance, a quarterly reading series for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women/2SQ writers to showcase their work and general badassery.
With the great success of our first event held at the 2018 Growing Room Literary Festival, we are excited to announce our next lineup of Indigenous Brilliance:
// MALLORY AMIRAULT
// JAYE SIMPSON
// ZOFIA ROSE MUSIEJ
Mallory Amirault is an Acadian Mi’kmaq writer and performance artist from Mi’kma’ki, Nova Scotia. At its core, her work is concerned with issues of marginalization and agency. She hopes to be perpetually.
jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Anishinaabe Two Spirit warrior whose roots hail fr...om the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. jaye is a libra sun, sagittarius rising, scorpio moon but delusionally identifies as a scorpio since it’s all over their birth chart. jaye holds firm their rage about being a former youth in care, as well as a queer indigenous person and weaves it into poetry and prose. jaye also explores the magic, intimacy and vulnerability they encounter as a healing creature amongst other healing beings. you can find them being awfully cliché in cafes on Commercial Drive and East Vancouver, they are in fact NOT writing screenplays, but sending important emails and doing overdue criminology homework. jaye currently holds KPU’s Slamapalooza 2017 Champion. they have competed across the country and have been nationally recognized as well published in Poetry Is Dead Issue 17: Coven. jaye is a displaced indigenous person living, creating and occupying on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories.
Zofia Rose Musiej is a Carrier First Nation, mixed blood singer/songwriter, aspiring poet and occasional actress. She made her acting debut on the Granville Island Fringe Festival Stage in 2016, starring in a play by Crystal Smith, «Saving Mother» which highlighted parallels in the worlds treatment of women and Mother Earth. Zofia Rose also performs at various open mic nights with original songs not yet released, and covers of her favorite songs in Vancouver and around the Fraser Valley.Although not yet published Zofia Rose continues the practice of writing she can recall beginning two decades ago.
Hosted by Jónína Kirton and Jessica Johns.
Entry is free and ALL AGES.
Massy Books is an accessible venue.
ASL interpreters available by request.
We will be holding an Indigenous Brilliance event on two more dates in 2018: August 24th, and November 23rd. If you want to read at another event, get in touch with us! We're always looking for more readers!
It is with great respect and gratitude that we hold this and all upcoming Indigenous Brilliance events on the unceded and traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.