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On Edge Reading Series Fall 2023

The On Edge Reading Series showcases the work of writers who are doing the freshest, most interesting, and relevant work, writers who are also artists, volunteers, literary award winners, social justice organizers, prison abolitionists, literary organizers, dancers, managing editors, filmmakers, creative writing instructors, and scholars.

On Edge programming serves to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University Community. The series is support by the Emily Carr Writing Centre with grateful acknowledgement to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Coast Salish First Nations whose traditional lands we are on.

All readings are FREE and open to the public. ASL interpretation is provided for all readings.

On Edge is organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and assisted by Tenaya. Logo and posters by Sandy.

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The FALL 2023 SEASON features:

Molly Cross-Blanchard
Wednesday, Sept 27 at 6:30 pm PT
HYBRID session: attend in-person in the Artist Book Room (ECU Library) OR by Zoom

Molly Cross-Blanchare is a white and Métis writer, editor, and educator born on Treaty 3 (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 (Prince Albert, SK), and currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, colonially known as Vancouver. She is the former poetry editor of PRISM international, the former publisher of Room, and currently teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In service to the writing community, Molly serves as the Indigenous Advocate for the National Council of TWUC, sits on the Board of Directors at Asparagus Magazine, and consults on the Equity Advisory Committee at the BC Arts Council. Her debut collection of poetry is Exhibitionist (Coach House 2021).

Jody Chan
Tuesday, Oct 17 at 6:30 pm PT
ONLINE session: Zoom registration

Jody Chan is a writer, drummer, community organizer, and care worker based in Toronto/Tkaronto. They are the author of sick (Black Lawrence Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Trillium Award for Poetry. Jody is also a performing and teaching member with RAW Taiko Drummers, and they can be found online at

Steffi Tad-y
Tuesday, Nov 7 at 6:30 pm PT
ONLINE session: Zoom Registration

Born and raised in Manila, Steffi Tad-y is a poet & writer based in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, & Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Her chapbook of poems Merienda published by Rahila’s Ghost Press was nominated for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In 2022, she published her debut book of poetry From the Shoreline with Gordon Hill Press. Steffi’s poems often reflect on kinship, diasporic geographies, & formations of the mind.

Mackenzie Ground
Tuesday, Nov 28 at 6:30 pm PT
HYBRID session: attend in-person in the Artist Book Room (ECU Library) OR by Zoom

Mackenzie Ground is a nehiyawiskwew from Enoch maskekosihk Cree Nation and Edmonton amiskwacîwâskahikan, Alberta. She is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of English. She is a writer and a language learner of nehiyawewin (the Plains Cree language), and her work considers the relationships of identity and place, to the land and to cities, and to the more-than-human beings who live there. Her writing has appeared in The Capilano Review, The Denver Quarterly, and C Magazine among others. She is thankful for the support of her friends.