Tam Fam Lit Jam – Poetry Readings

Very excited to share this news.

I will be presenting at the “Tam Fam Lit Jam” event on June 9, 2018, from 4.00PM – 6.00PM, at 499 Church Street.
From the Event page:

The Tam Fam Lit Jam will be a bilingual evening of readings from established and emerging Tamil poets/authors.

The event will feature:
P. Ahilan
Fathima Cader
Manivillie Kanagasabapathy
Geetha Sukumaran
Pallavi Suresan

The readings will be followed by an open mic, so bring your poems, prose, comics, plays, comedy, Instagram posts, whatever you like, and share your literary skills! The open mic slots are short, but they can be effective.
We’re hoping this event will be the first of many, so we will be on the lookout for future features to welcome to the Tam Fam Lit Jam!

The event is curated by the Tamil Symposium Collective at the York Centre for Asian Research and the Qelvi Arts Collective.

 

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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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