OutWrite! Queer/Trans Writers of Colour and Indigenous Writers Converge!

Agitate! Presents…


Queer / Two Spirit / Trans Writers of Colour and Indigenous Writers refuse to be written out!

An exciting reading event and panel of writers and poets in celebration of Pride. Often writers of marginalized identities face challenges in presenting and publishing their own points of view coupled with the threat of their voices being tokenized and co-opted in the process. Featuring both emerging and established writers from Ottawa and beyond, this panel will explore issues of representation, intersectionality and how identity and experience are expressed in the writers’ craft.

Thursday, August 20th

Montgomery Legion Hall

330 Kent Street near Somerset Ave (wheelchair accessible)

Doors open at 6:30 pm, reading at 7 pm

Tickets at the door: $10-20 sliding scale

Nalo Hopkinson
Trish Salah
Kalyani Pandya
Rob Friday

Additional reading performances by:
Salimah Valiani
Faye Estrella

With Music, Free Snacks and a Cash Bar

Raffles for prizes – proceeds of the raffle go to The Taxicab Drivers’ Relief Account of the CAW Local 1688.

This event will also be a fundraising effort for the Migrants’ Trade Union (MTU) in South Korea. MTU is a union of documented and undocumented migrant workers in South Korea, the only union of its kind in the world today. The MTU has joined in the struggle of GLBT people in South Korea, including defending the needs of its own GLBT members. Agitate feels it is important to connect our work with the struggle of other racialized people in the world, especially as the rights of migrant workers in Canada continue to be largely ignored.

Raffle proceeds will go to The Taxicab Drivers’ Relief Account. Sami Aldoboni was allegedly assaulted on the job recently during an incident with an off duty Ottawa police officer. He has been unable to work since the incident. Abdinsaq Abdullahi was violently attacked on Friday, July l7th and suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital. Both are currently without income and need to support themselves and their families, including children, now and to pay for various expenses, including some medical and rehabilitation expenses.

Want to get familiar with the featured writer Nalo Hopkinson’s work? Stay tuned for more details on Agitate!’s Book Club.


This event is proudly sponsored by:
Venus Envy
Mother Tongue Books
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa
Ontario Federation of Labour