Another superb edition of the Draft reading series is on its way
Sunday, April 14 2019
600 Gerrard St. E.
Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and artist whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She is a Lecturer in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Director of the Institute for Dance Studies, and Adjunct Curator at The Art Museum, University of Toronto. Seika also works as an advocate and consultant for dance across the arts sector. From 1995-2010 Seika performed and presented her choreography across Canada and more recently, has worked as a movement dramaturg and outside eye.
Invested in movement histories and the archive, Seika curated the archival exhibition It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900-1970. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2018-19) where she created This Living Dancer, a self-archiving and archival simulation installation project. Seika’s writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and performing arts magazines. She is currently working on a book project for McGill-Queen’s University Press. Seika lives and works in Toronto with her husband and their two sons
Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Richardson is a book columnist and guest host on CBC’s q. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Jael and FOLD recently received the Writers’ Union Freedom to Read Award. Her debut novel, Gutter Child, is coming Fall 2020 with HarperCollins Canada.
The Stone Thrower memoir received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room Magazine’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers.
Georgia Wilder hosts Wild Writers, a monthly poetry salon at the Poetry Jazz Cafe. She is a winner of Quattro Books “Best New Poets in Canada” for her collection “Atom Bomb Nostalgia.” She has previously been nominated for the Journey Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared in several literary journals. She teaches writing at the University of Toronto