January 26, 2022
About this event
Join Oxygen Art Centre at 7pm (PST) on Wednesday January 26th for readings with poets Alexei Perry Cox and Aisha Sasha John. The evening will open with readings from students in the Selkirk College creative writing program.
Aisha Sasha John will read from a new edition of her most recent chapbook, TO STAND AT THE PRECIPICE ALONE AND REPEAT WHAT IS WHISPERED, published by Ugly Duckling Presse (New York). Alexei Perry Cox will read from her forthcoming collection, PLACE, forthcoming from Noemi Press (Virginia).
Alexei Perry Cox is a writer and teacher and organizer. She is the author of Night 3 | اليوم الرابع (Centre for Expanded Poetics), Re:Evolution (Gap Riot Press), Finding Places to Make Places (Vallum), as well as the full length collection Under Her (Insomniac Press). PLACE is forthcoming with Noemi Press. Her poetry and criticism has graced the pages of a wide variety of publications, including Jouranl Safar (جورنال سفر), Arc Poetry Magazine, Moko Magazine, Carte Blanche and The Georgia Review. At the core of her makings is the belief that we imagine relationally, sometimes with words and sometimes with grace.
Aisha Sasha John is a poet, dancer and choreographer. Her most recent chapbook, TO STAND AT THE PRECIPICE ALONE AND REPEAT WHAT IS WHISPERED, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse (New York) in 2021, with a reprint in 2022. Her collection i have to live. was shortlisted for a Griffin Poetry Prize in 2018. Her previous poetry collection, Thou (2014), was a finalist for both the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the ReLit Poetry Award. Her solo performance ‘The Aisha of Oz’ premiered at the Whitney Museum in New York in 2017; another iteration of the show took place at the MAI in Montreal in 2018. In addition to her solo work, she has choreographed, performed, and curated as a member of the performance collective WIVES, and has worked collaboratively with the Wildseed Centre in Toronto. Born in Montreal, Aisha has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and a B.A. in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto.