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Event: Individuality in Identity

Really excited to share this news with you all!

I will be presenting my poems and speaking at a literary event on Friday February 24, 2017  at the Creeds Coffee Bar.

The event, “Finding Individuality in Identity: Explorations of Literature,” organized by Sri Lankans Without Borders seeks to explore the how we create, understand and speak about identity in a multicultural world.

I am also very excited to be sharing the stage with 4 other talented artists/ writers and hearing their thoughts and conceptions of Identity.

Please join us on February 24, 2017, at Creeds Coffee Bar to explore the themes of culture, individuality, and identity.

Hope to see you out there,

Manivillie

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NEWS: The Big Art Book

Very excited to announce that I will be reading my poem “Sisters” at the launch event!
 
It is one of the juried pieces chosen for inclusion in the book!
This year I am really trying to develop my ability to share and present my poems and I am so grateful for the opportunity to reading and sharing the poem, it was one of my earlier poems from 2016. 
If you are in or around the Toronto area, check out this awesome event!
 
Thank you to Scarborough Arts for the opportunity!
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News: Open Mic & Shab-e She’r

The first time, I spoke too fast. The second, I didn’t make eye contact. The third time, well… I should be a regular by then right?!? – So it should be easier.

After the encouragement of two people I respect, Amy and Manik, I attended by very first Shab-e She’r Poetry Night in September.

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Reading my poem at the last Shab-e She’r night. 

 

For someone who is fully embracing their poetic heart  this year, it was a terrifying challenge. However, I knew  I had to conqure it if I wanted to continue my growth as a poet. I had previously only shared a poem at a book launch, and with my group at the Scaborough Poetry Club (SPC). The SPC  members were so sweet, encouraging and supportive, that they gave me the guts to try the larger stage of Shab-e She’r. Without the Scarbrough Poetry Club’s feedback, support and love – I wouldn’t have ever thought of sharing my poem (they meet the first friday of every month, for anyone seeking to join a supper suportive group).

 

Publically writing the words in my head is very new to me, and reading them to an audience is somthing I never imagined I would do. I have a slight speech impediment and have always been nervous speaking in front of others (though, I hide it well). I have trained myself to present confidently, but that is always at trainings and workshops, where I am sharing the work of others.

Poetry, and through it, the spoken word, is a whole other beast. It leaves you no other names to hide behind, because the name at the end of that poem is yours. Presentating with the  Scarborough Poetry Club and Shab-e She’r is forcing me to re-examine the barriers I placed on myself, and more importantly, my expectations of my “audience”.

Shab-e She’r is, “The most diverse poetry and open mic series in Toronto; showcasing people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, etc.” They organize monthly events with two featured poets and open mic performers.

True to its promise,  Shab-e She’r draw a crowd fo 50-70 people of all ages, races, ethnicity and so on.  All with very different styles. I have enjoyed meeting other artists and poets. Every time I go, I learn a little bit more about poetry and this journey I am on. The various styles and topics people present on continue to enrich me.

The next event is on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Beit Zatoun and starts at 7 pm. It marks the 3 year anniversary (I believe). If you are from Toronto (or in Toronto that night) it is worth checking out. I’ll be there 🙂

This time, I am planning on making eye contact, smiling 🙂 and confidently speaking my poem. Multi-tasking at its best!

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News – My Trending Stories

Excited to share some great news. I will be one of the contributors for my trending stories, a new media web page.

I just posted my first article on the site, one of my favourite poems from the challenge. You can follow me here

I will be sharing some of my poems, and articles on this page. I am excited and looking forward to the next step in my journey.

 

 

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Metro Morning 

Excited to share some great news. 
I will be speaking about my poem a day challenge on Metro Morning this Tuesday Aug 2 at 7:25 am (barring any breaking stories). You can listen on CBC radio or online. 

Special thanks to Manjula Selvarajah for pitching the story and her ongoing support 🙂

❤️❤️❤️❤️ to all of you who have supported me and continue to keep me inspired 🙂 

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