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Tonight! Ask & Answer Tour with Vivek Shraya + Chase Joynt

October 31, 2016- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Critical Studies in Sexuality and the Faculty of Education: Teacher Education for All! present:

ASK & ANSWER features award-winning, multidisciplinary artists Chase Joynt and Vivek Shraya, presenting their new books—Joynt’s first book You Only Live Twice (Coach House Books), and Shraya’s debut collection of poetry, even this page is white (Arsenal Pulp Press).

Monday, October 31, 4PM
Ponderosa Commons Ballroom
6445 University Boulevard, UBC
Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/yLqdTXf9Qgp

Your RSVP is always appreciated: http://grsj.arts.ubc.ca/ask-answer-tour/

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“You Only Live Twice”

What if it’s not true that you only live once? In this genre-transcending book, trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom come together over the films of Chris Marker to exchange transition tales, confessional missives that map out the particularities of occupying what they call ‘second lives’: Chase’s transition from female to male and Mike’s near-death from AIDS.

Weaving cultural theory with memoir and media analysis, YOLT asks intimate questions about what it might mean to find love and hope through conversation across generations.

“even this page is white”

Vivek Shraya’s debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, is a bold, timely and personal interrogation of skin—its origins, functions and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible and undeniable.

Featured in the CBC documentary Where Have All The Poets Gone?

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CHASE JOYNT is a Toronto-based moving-image artist and writer whose work utilizes strategies of first person engagement to interrogate representations of gender and violence. Recently awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist and jury awards for Best Documentary and Best Short, Chase’s work continues to be exhibited internationally. In 2013, Chase starred as Mars Brito, the lead character in John Greyson’s Murder in Passing, which is widely regarded as the most ambitious transmedia public narrative project available on public screens worldwide. Murder in Passing is currently being made into a feature film. His next two film projects, Between You and Me and Genderize, are forthcoming from CBC Docs in Summer 2016.

VIVEK SHRAYA is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, was released this spring, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was published this fall. Vivek has read and performed inter­nationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached.

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We acknowledge that this event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

This event is made possible by the Faculty of Education: Teacher Education for All!, Equity & Inclusion, and the Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships, and has been organized by Critical Studies in Sexuality at The Social Justice Institute.


October 31, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Ponderosa Commons Ballroom, UBC
Vancouver, Canada