December 18th, 2020 – Autobiography
Some readings, art, music, and other resources. These are not required readings. They have been shared with us by our guests, or are things we have looked up after an interview for further information or just because we were curious.
We share these materials with you for interest and pleasure’s sake.
If you missed last week’s class, you can listen to it here:
This week we talk to two local writers about how they share their lives and, in turn, the lives of others through their writing. But, as we continue to learn, there are many ways to tell a story . . .
When thinking about the impact of an autobiography on, not just the past, but also the past and present, Julie references Jesse Thistle, a Métis-Cree man from Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan, whose debut, award-winning, memoir, From the Ashes, was an instant bestseller. To learn more about Jesse you can read this article, which includes several interviews with him to listen to. He speaks about his journey in the foster-care system, to the street, through the prison system, and back out again. From the above linked article Jesse says about writing his story:
Julie left us with an activity that she uses in her autobiography classes at the UofA. We also heard from Jennie, a fellow classmate, who has already shared her response to the activity. We hope that you will give it a try. Here are the instructions, which includes an example written by Julie herself.
This week MorningStar interviewed two local writers: Darrin Hagen and Nisha Patel.
Nisha recently performed a poem in front of city council challenging the government’s response to Covid-19. Here you can watch her speak about this on an interview with CTV News. https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/this-poem-is-alive-615-albertans-who-had-covid-19-are-not-as-more-die-the-poem-will-grow-1.5220698
You can watch Nisha’s full reading to city council here.
And click this link to read the poem as it, unfortunately, continues to grow. As of today, December 16th, there are 719 words.
To listen to some more of Nisha’s poetry, check out this amazing collaboration between Nisha and Musmaster: https://soundcloud.com/user-234629304/the-taste-of-dream-tea-house
To keep up to date on Nisha’s projects through her instagram.
Interesting enough, both our guests Nisha and Darrin were awarded 2018 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Recipients. You can watch back-to-back interviews of them here (Darrin starts at 4 minutes and 24 seconds and then Nisha follows directly after at 5 minutes and 11 seconds.
Darrin Hagen is a playwright, actor, sound designer, drag performer, and self described queer historian. He is a very accomplished storyteller who tells stories in many ways, but with a focus on highlighting voices that have been left out of the dominant narratives.
Read more about Darrin’s many contributions to Alberta’s arts and culture. https://www.gigcity.ca/2019/04/16/theatre-people-darrin-hagen-the-man-i-am-is-because-of-the-woman-i-was/
Darrin hosts queer history bus tours. You can listen to a podcast that records one of these tours here *head’s up, this podcast includes talk about sex and sexuality: https://www.thewellendowedpodcast.com/episodes/episode-12-queer-history-tour-darrin-hagen/
Watch Darrin share the history of the 1981 Pisces Bathhouse Raid in Edmonton as part an Edmonton Public Library project to record stories not typically heard.