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Verses Festival of Words: Cultivate: 2 Spirit, Queer & Trans Artists Showcase

April 28, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

$10 – $12

“Cultivate: Artist Support Circles for Indigi- and other Queers” springs from Shane Sable’s attempt to disrupt art-in-isolation mythologies. The talking circles meet monthly at the Queer Art Festival’s SUM Gallery to connect, collaborate, and offer support to queer artists across disciplines. This showcase spotlights Cultivate artists Shane Sable, Tawahum, Raven John & Laura Fukumoto.

Doors open at 2:30
Advanced tickets $10, Door $12 (or PWYC)

The Vancouver Poetry House respectfully recognizes that our series events take place on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations. We recognize that colonial violence led to the creation of Vancouver, and how that allows our organization to exist. We aim to always be cognizant of who is represented on our stages, and to do what we can to reach out to communities who are underrepresented thereupon.


Lutselke Dene and Plains Cree, Two-Spirit and Nonbinary poet, Tawahum Bige resides on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory colonially-known-as Vancouver. Published in Red Rising, Prairie Fire, EVENT, and Poetry is Dead Magazines, Tawahums poetry stokes the sacred fire of resurgence and decolonization on occupied Turtle Island. Theyve performed on stages including Talking Stick Festival and Verses Festival of Words. In their final year toward a BA in Creative Writing at KPU, Tawahums poetry collection, Political & Personal, will be published in June 2019 with Metatron Press. Join them on this journey that is both emotionally personal and deeply political.

This Two-spirit Trickster resides in the traditional, ancestral, unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, forcibly occupied by the City of Vancouver. Raven is a BFA graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, with a major in visual art and minor in social practice and community engagement, as well as the North West Coast Jewelry Arts program at the Native Education College. Raven is a visual artist, cultural consultant, mediator, photographer and sculptor.

Laura Fukumoto is a theatre artist, costume designer, and internet poet. Most recently she has designed costumes for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatres 1 Hour Photo and The Electric Companys VR films The Virtual Light of Day, and co-created and performed in a piece for Boca Del Lupos Envision Festival. Forthcoming Laura is writing poetry for a play exploring queer friendship through choral music, debuting at the Fringe Festival in 2019. Lauras claim to fame is accidentally getting an unedited Facebook post published as the foreword of Tetsuro Shigematsus Empire of the Sun.

2Spirit Gitxsan Artist and Activist, Shane Sable is the Furiously Flirtatious Force of Nature. Shane’s work across genres primarily engages with indigenous body sovereignty, sexuality, and cultural reclamation. They are the convening member of Virago Nation, Turtle Island’s first all-indigenous burlesque collective as well as the founder and lead facilitator for Cultivate: Artist Support Circles for Indigi- and other Queers.


You’ll note on arrival a set of 10 railed stairs leading into the Hall. The wheelchair accessible entrance is around back. For this event, there will be someone posted at the back door throughout the event.

Once inside, you’ll find a spacious wood-floored hall, open concept, tables and chairs set up throughout. The stage (accessible only via stairs) is to your left, and the washrooms towards the back of the hall. The washrooms are currently gendered but will be marked gender neutral for Verses. There are two sets of washrooms. The one to the right of the car, currently mark women is wheelchair accessible with no urinals and one additional stall. The one to the left of the bar, currently mark men, is on the same level and is now wheelchair accessible, with 2 urinals and one wheelchair accessible stall and one non-wheelchair access stall. The door has been adjusted to more easily fit wheelchair/scooter users. Overall the space is great.

Please read the Radical Accessibility Mapping Projects Wise Hall overview for more details.

This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes, scented oils, etc) in our festival spaces.


April 28, 2019
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$10 – $12


The WISE Hall (upstairs)
1882 Adanac
Vancouver, BC Canada