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On Edge Reading Series

The Writing Centre presents the On Edge Reading Series, which seeks to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University community.

The 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. The On Edge programming serves to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of ECUAD. 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.

This series is organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and assisted by Tenaya.
Logo and posters by Sandy.

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See below for information on previous seasons:


FALL 2022

bailey macabre + Whess Harman
October 11th, 2022 at 6:30 pm

bailey macabre is an agender Cree, Métis and Ukrainian artist and writer who is passionate about bright colours, Indigenous sovereignty, and identity; these themes are often at play within their works. bailey has experience working in a variety of mediums and dabbles in everything from sculpture and beadwork, illustration, zines and comic arts, to painting and sewing. they currently reside on the territory of the Snuneymuxw people.

Whess Harman is Carrier Wit’at, a nation amalgamated by the federal government under the Lake Babine Nation. They graduated from the Emily Carr University BFA program in 2014 and are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh as the curator at grunt gallery.

Their multidisciplinary practice includes beading, illustration, text, poetry and curation. As a mixed-race, trans artist they work to find their way through a tasty plethora of a reasonably managed attention deficit disorder, colonial bullshit and queer melancholy. To the best of their patience, they do this with humour and a carefully mediated cynicism that the galleries go hog wild for.
Twitter: @ndn_bebop

Rebecca Salazar
November 1st, 2022 at 6:30 pm


Rebecca Salazar (she/they) is a writer, editor, and community organizer living on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik. Salazar is the author of two chapbooks, and her first full-length collection sulphurtongue (McClelland & Stewart), an urgent, powerful examination of place and the ways in which all kinds of identities exist and collide, was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Menmorial Award, and shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award.

David Ly
November 8th, 2022 at 6:30 pm

David Ly is the author of Mythical Man (2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award, and Dream of Me as Water (2022), both published under the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press. He is also co-editor (with Daniel Zomparelli) of Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022). David’s poems have appeared in publications such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry, PRISM International, and The Puritan, where he won the inaugural Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence. David is the Poetry Editor at This Magazine.

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FALL 2021

SEPT 21, 2021 with Dallas Hunt

OCT 5, 2021 with Leah Horlick

OCT 26, 2021 with Chantal Gibson

NOV 16, 2021 with Jas Morgan

Organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and Vance W.

This season’s poster (click to enlarge):


Spring 2021

JAN 18 – Cecily Nicholson, Hari Alluri + Junie Désil
FEB 9 – Amber Dawn + Justin Ducharme
MAR 2 – Brandi Bird, Emily Riddle + Jessica Johns
MAR 18 – jaye simpson
MAR 25 – Billy-Ray Belcourt

Curated and hosted by Mercedes Eng, and co-hosted by Vance W.

This season’s poster (click to enlarge):