Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep12:45 pm12:50 pmVirtual EventBurning Sugar Cicely Belle Blain12:45 pm - 12:50 pm EST

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A special 5 minute reading with Cicely Belle Blain.

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Cicely Belle Blain

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black, queer activist, writer and consultant. They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and were listed as oneVancouver magazine’s 50 most powerful people, BC Business’s 30 under 30 and one of CBC’s 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. Cicely Belle Blain is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).


Burning Sugar

The latest from Vivek Shraya’s VS. Books: a poetic exploration of Black identity, history, and lived experience influenced by the constant search for liberation. 

In this incendiary debut collection, activist and poet Cicely Belle Blain intimately revisits familiar spaces in geography, in the arts, and in personal history to expose the legacy of colonization and its impact on Black bodies. They use poetry to illuminate their activist work: exposing racism, especially anti-Blackness, and helping people see the connections between history and systemic oppression that show up in every human interaction, space, and community. Their poems demonstrate how the world is both beautiful and cruel, a truth that inspires overwhelming anger and awe – all of which spills out onto the page to tell the story of a challenging, complex, nuanced, and joyful life. In Burning Sugar, verse and epistolary, racism and resilience, pain and precarity are flawlessly sewn together by the mighty hands of a Black, queer femme.

AuthorCicely Belle Blain


(Sunday) 12:45 pm - 12:50 pm EST