Writing and Spirituality
Speakers for this event
Camille Hernández-Ramdwar is a multiracial, transnational author, scholar, and independent consultant. Her debut collection of short stories Suite as Sugar was published by Rare Machines/Dundurn Press in April 2023. She is currently working on a book about the failures of anti-racism initiatives in Canadian universities, as well as a novel of historical fiction spanning multiple continents and eras.
Hollay Ghadery is a multi-genre writer living in rural Ontario on Anishinaabe land. Fuse, her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental illness, was published by Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in 2021. Her debut collection of poetry, Rebellion Box, is out with Radiant Press in April 2023.
Kate Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the US and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry.
Whether it’s the community, the planet, or a higher power, how does writing connect the writer to something bigger than themself? Can writing itself be
Whether it’s the community, the planet, or a higher power, how does writing connect the writer to something bigger than themself? Can writing itself be a kind of spiritual practice? These authors and poets probe the edges of this question.
Suite as Sugar by Camille Hernández-Ramdwar
Rare Machines (Dundurn Press)
From Winnipeg winterscapes to Toronto’s condo culture, from Havana’s haunted streets to Trinidad’s calamitous environs, the stories in Suite as Sugar are permeated with the violence of colonial histories, personal and intimate, reflecting legacies of abandonment and loss. The veil between the living and the dead is obscured, chaos becomes panacea, and characters take drastic measures into their own hands.
Hollay Ghadery, Rebellion Box – Radiant Press
This explosive debut collection pushes against the limitations of gender roles, race, bodies and minds, and explores our insignificance and impotence in the universe. The concept of otherness afforded by a marginalized and neurodivergent perspective is brilliantly represented in this book.
Kate Cayley, Lent – Book*hug
In these peculiar times, we are thrust back into ourselves in a kind of suspension: one in which only private life exists yet threatens to become trivial through a sense of mutual, overarching dread.
Lent from award-winning writer Kate Cayley is built from this tension, exploring domestic and artistic life amidst the environmental crisis and the surprising ways that every philosophical quandary—large and small—converges in the home, in small objects, conversations, and moments.