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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia. She has had work published in literary journals including Room, The Puritan, This Magazine, Arc, CV2, and The City Series #3. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. She studied and York University where she won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in Creative Writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph-Humber and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby.
In Voodoo Hypothesis Canisia Lubrin pulls from pop culture, science and contemporary news stories about race, to ask what would happen if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were applied to contemporary black experience. With irreverence toward colonialism, and wide-ranging lines deftly touched with Caribbean Creole and baroque language, Lubrin has created a beautifully subversive book that shows us the restorative possibilities that exist in language.