Speculative Poetry

28may1:00 pm2:00 pmSpeculative PoetryWith Ai Jiang, Lynne Sargent, Manahil Bandukwala, and Millie Ho

Speakers for this event

  • Ai Jiang

    Ai Jiang


    Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer and a Nebula and Locus Award finalist. Her work can be found in F&SF, The Dark, Uncanny, The Puritan, Prairie Fire, The Masters Review. She is the recipient of Odyssey Workshop’s 2022 Fresh Voices Scholarship and the author of Linghun and I AM AI.


  • Lynne Sargent

    Lynne Sargent


    Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and holds a Ph.D in Applied Philosophy. Their work has been nominated for Rhysling, Elgin, and Aurora Awards, and has appeared in venues such as Augur Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction. They are also the poetry editor at Utopia Science Fiction.


  • Manahil Bandukwala

    Manahil Bandukwala


    Manahil Bandukwala is a writer and visual artist originally from Pakistan and now settled in Canada. She is the author of MONUMENT (Brick Books 2022), shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Women Wide Awake (Mawenzi House 2023, co-written with Nimra Bandukwala). In 2023, she was selected as a Writer’s Trust Rising Star by Shani Mootoo.

    URL https://www.manahilbandukwala.com/


  • Millie Ho

    Millie Ho


    Millie Ho is a writer and artist. Her short stories and poems appear in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Augur Magazine, and elsewhere. Her work was a finalist for the Ignyte and Rhysling Awards. Her poem “She Who Makes the Rain” is forthcoming in The Book of Witches, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

    URL https://millieho.net/


Event Details

From science fiction to mythology to that lingering feeling of dreams, poetry can be speculative too! Whether it’s fairy tales in verse or a world created in a few tight stanzas, these poets explore the fantastical through the poetic. Moderated by Millie Ho.

Linghun by Ai Jiang
Dark Matter Ink

From acclaimed author Ai Jiang, follow Wenqi, Liam, and Mrs. to the mysterious town of HOME, a place where the dead live again as spirits, conjured by the grief-sick population that refuses to let go. This edition includes a foreword by Yi Izzy Yu, Translator of The Shadow Book of Ji Yun, the essay “A Ramble on Di Fu Ling & Death” by the author, and two bonus short stories from Jiang: “Yǒngshí” and “Teeter Totter.”

A Refuge of Tales by Lynne Sargent

What does it mean to make a home inside a story? Stories are safe, comfortable, familiar. Fairytales and myths, these stories we all know and grew up with are even moreso. A Refuge of Tales takes everyday tropes and asks: safe for who? This is a collection of poems for anyone who has ever felt outside of the myth. With language both sharp and lyrical, Lynne Sargent weaves a treatise on the power of stories, and how those who have been left behind can take up that power and use it to build a new, better world.“Filled with irony, rage, humour, and compassion, this poetry collection takes our fairy tales and fables, and all the stories we tell ourselves, and doesn’t simply deconstruct them, but blasts them into tiny shards, razor-sharp and beautiful.”Su J Sokol, author of the Sunburst-nominated novel, Cycling to Asylum

MONUMENT by Manahil Bandukwala
Brick Books

MONUMENT upturns notions of love, monumentalisation, and empire by exploring buried facets of Mumtaz Mahal’s story. The collection layers linear time and geographical space to chart the continuing presence of historical legacies. It considers what alternate futures could have been possible. Who are we when we continue to make the same mistakes? Beyond distance, time, and boundaries, what do we still carry?


Accessibility Sponsor: League of Canadian Poets