Di(s)ent: An Anthology Curating Difficult Knowledge
Who can speak the truth about what it means to be alive at the intersection of our particular time and space?
Living in this "post-truth" & "fake news" moment, we have curated prose, poetry, essays and art that worry definitions of truth and the efficacy of the truth-teller.
We are motivated by the question: how do capitalism, consumerism and colonialism distort our perceptions of "reality" and confuse our relationships to each other—as citizens, as relatives, as participants in collectives, and/or as "free" individuals?
If you care about social justice movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #IdleNoMore, then this book is for you. Environmental rights, aboriginal rights, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights are at the forefront of our contributors' minds. We also feature stories that question human subjectivity and agency. We are deeply political and spiritual: we dare to speak truth back to power and imagine a better world for all beings on this beautiful planet.
Dis(s)ent will be launched in the fall edition of the Ottawa International Writer's Festival. In 2016, In/Words launched its first anthology at the festival, Refuge(e), establishing itself as a critical presence in the literary scene with a mission to bring a diversity of voices on topics that are timely and relevant.
Authors and Artists Featured in Dis(s)ent
We received over 200 poetry, prose and art submissions to Dis(s)ent. From emerging voices such as Sarah Kabamba (who made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist and won the 2017 Emerging Writer Award by Room Magazine) to seasoned and established poets such as First Nations Mohawk/Tuscarora poet Janet Rogers, we have curated the work of writers and artists from all over the world, including Canada, South Africa, South Korea and the U.S., to name but a few. On top of prose, poetry and essays, have included video poetry, photography, painting, music videos, mixed media texts and an entire graphic story by a Jewish-American illustrator, Dav Yandler.
Dis(s)ent also features French Canadian voices, including twice Governor General Award nominated poet, writer and translator Sylvie Nicolas, art by Montreal-based 2Fik and Mathieu Laca, and critical essays by emerging scholars Marie-Pierre Daigle and Xavier Laberge.
George Elliott Clarke, guest editor of Dis(s)ent, is Canada's exiting Parliamentary Poet Laureate. A Governor General’s Award winner, George is a celebrated poet and playwright whose work largely explores and chronicles the experience and history of the Black Canadian communities of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, creating a cultural geography that Clarke refers to as "Africadia." He is also a Professor of English at the University of Toronto.
Sanita Fejzić is an Ottawa-based writer and scholar. Her first book, Psychomachia, was shortlisted for the 2015 Ken Klonsky Novella contest and the 2017 Canada ReLit Awards. Her first play, The Blissful State of Surrender, was workshopped by The National Arts Centre in March 2018. She is currently looking for a theatre to stage her play. She has been a co-editor at In/Words Mag & Press since 2015. In the fall of 2016, she launched their first themed book, Refuge(e), at the Ottawa International Writer's Festival. Sanita is completing her PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen's University. Her research explores the relationship between the production of art, particularly writing, and ethics. She is the lead editor of Di(s)ent.
In/Words Mag & Press
In/Words Magazine & Press is a micro press based in Carleton University. The tiny press was founded over 13 years ago by Professor of English Literature, Collett Tracey, whose work focuses on Canadian modernist poetry and micro publishers. As Dr. Tracey's research demonstrates, micropresses have been and continue to be essential in nurturing emerging Canadian voices. Through the production of poetry chapbooks (tiny, hand-made books) and quarterly magazines, In/Words's mission is to celebrate and champion emerging poets, writers and artists.
Risks and challenges
Dis(s)ent is all about courage and risk-taking! Printing a collection of stories, essays, poems and art around the topic of speaking truth back to power in our current political climate is risky work. We have an ethical obligation to do the work but we can't get it done without your help.
With over 300 submissions from around the world, we have worked hard to select, edit and begun the process of laying out the design for the issue.
The cost of printing is rising, especially when you want to use soya ink and recycled paper. Paying contributors and team members is of the essence for us. We know we will need more than $4,000 to reach all our goals. We need just over $10,000 to reach all of our big dreams.
We have received a humble grant from the City of Ottawa and, on top of this Kickstarter campaign, we will ask for another grant to help us cover the cost of bringing contributors to our book launch in the fall of 2018 at the Ottawa International Writer's Festival.
Specifically, we want to bring:
- Sylvie Nicholas from Quebec City, Canada
- Dav Yandler from Los Angeles, U.S.A.
- Janet Rogers from Edmonton, Canada
Please help us honour & celebrate the contributors who have taken the risk to write about shitting diamonds, black heritage, re-defining the word "unseen" from an Aboriginal perspective, environmental devastation and leading a graduate student union, Barbie dolls, how doctors pressure parents whose children are intersex to undergo surgery, scenes of domestic violence and so much more.
The biggest risk, it seems, would be to withhold the world from print copies of Dis(s)ent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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