june, 2022

11jun6:00 pm7:00 pmHuman FuturismWith Lindsay B-e, Ben Berman Ghan, and Nisa Malli6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Across the UniverseAccessibility Options:ASL

Speakers for this event

  • Ben Berman Ghan

    Ben Berman Ghan

    Author

    Ben Berman Ghan is an incoming Ph.D. student at The University of Calgary and the author of both What We See in the Smoke (Crowsnest Books 2019) and Visitation Seeds (845 Press 2020). His next novel on cyborgs and the Anthropocene is forthcoming in 2024 with Wolsak and Wynn.

    URL inkstainedwreck.ca

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  • Lindsay B-e

    Lindsay B-e

    Author

    Lindsay B-e is a writer and filmmaker. Their first full-length poetry collection, The Cyborg Anthology, is published by Brick Books. Lindsay B-e grew up in the village of Clavet, Saskatchewan and currently lives in Toronto. They have two kids, two dogs, and two cats.

    URL biseenscene.com

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  • Nisa Malli

    Nisa Malli

    Author

    Nisa Malli is a writer and researcher, born in Winnipeg and currently living in Toronto. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre and Artscape Gibraltar Point. Her chapbook, Remitting (Baseline Press, 2019) won the bpNichol Prize. Allodynia (Palimpsest Press, 2022) is her first book.

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Event Details

Human Futurism

Get a glimpse of the future—and the strange new denizens who live there—as we continue to hurtle through space and time together. This poetic sci-fi panel will feature:

The Cyborg Anthology
Lindsay B-E

The Cyborg Anthology takes place in a future where there was a thriving world of Robots and Cyborgs living peacefully beside Humans, but a disaster destroyed all Robot and most Cyborg life.

The book is organized like a typical anthology of literaturesplit into sections that include a biography of each poet and a sample of their poetry. It covers early Cyborg poetry, political, celebrity, and pop culture poets, and ends with the next generation of Cyborg poets.

What We See in the Smoke
Ben Berman Ghan

The world we know is coming to an end. How will we connect in the strange and frightening one that’s coming to take its place?

What We See in the Smoke twists the genres of realism and science fiction to tell the future history of Toronto, a story that stretches from this millennium to the next. The novel leaps across the boundaries of time and space, as present and future Torontonians search for meaning, connection, and love in a city that grows more beautiful and frightening as its familiar characteristics fade away.

Allodynia
Nisa Malli

Rooted in the indescribability and disembodiment of pain, Nisa Malli’s Allodynia looks outward to space and the future of humankind, as well as inward to the body. In “Pain Log”, a suite of body-horror poems, she explores illness as a haunting or possession: “At home, my stitches / undid themselves, fevers pet me // like a dog, my eyes opened / backwards. Sleep ghosted me // more than usual.” In “Ship’s Log,” a near-future speculative suite of poems, Malli turns to themes of alienness, artificial intelligence, and the impossibility of translation; danger, intimacy, and war; as well as the worlds we choose to build together.

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