Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets by Sheila Nopper
nah-ee-lah and d’bi young are creating sparks with their word sounds. These second- generation dub poets—who are also noteworthy playwrights and actors—rhythmically fan those sparks into flames of resistance against injustice as they burn new pathways toward social liberation.
Flying High with Anne-Marie MacDonald by Sara Cassidy
Ann-Marie MacDonald's second novel, The Way the Crow Flies (Random House of Canada, 2003), follows her award-winning Fall On Your Knees, a first novel that sold more than 300,000 copies in Canada and was selected for the Oprah Book-of-the-Month Club.
MacDonald is also a playwright and actor, and the current host of CBC-TV's Life and Times. She spoke with Sara Cassidy in September, over the phone from her "roundy Edwardian" home in Toronto, which she shares with her spouse, Alisa Palmer, and their infant daughter.
Margaret Atwood Asks: Is This The Path We Want To Be On? Margaret Atwood by Irene D'Souza
In this feature interview from Herizons arachives from Spring 2004, contributor Irene D'Souza spoke to Margaret Atwood about her childhood, her prescient gifts and her research into the trajectory that marks women's progress.
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The Dearth of a Nation by Sheila Nopper
In this article, Afua Cooper blows the whistle on Canada's history of slavery and gives a voice to unsung heroes of the past.
Afua Cooper is a poet and writer whose work includes Memories Have Tongue, Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub, and (with co-editors Peggy Bristow and Dionne Brand) We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History.
Funny Girl Elvira Kurt by Karen X. Tulchinsky
We 'd barely sat down, Elvira Kurt and I, for double moch-a-cinno lattes (don 't laugh-this is Vancouver, after all and there 's an espresso bar on every corner) at a funky Yaletown cafe, when we were hounded (or rather, she was) by a small group of fans wanting autographs.
Behind the Scenes of Lilith on Top by Angela Heck
In June 1999, Lynne Stopkewich was preparing to shoot her second feature film, Suspicious River, when she got a call from her partners, Dean English and Jessica Fraser.
Boneyard Film Productions had just negotiated with Sarah McLachlan and Nettwerk Productions to create a documentary about Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan's all-woman travelling music festival. McLachlan had already said 'yes' to the team going on the road to document the last year of Lilith Fair. But there was a caveat. She wanted a woman director. And she wanted Lynne.
Feminist Horror Plots Against Patriarachy by Alison Gillmor
Horror and feminism may seem like an unlikely pairing at first. After all, horror is a cinematic genre marked by ugly violence, menaced by masked men and packed with blonde sorority girls who run upstairs when they should be running out of the house. Then there’s the iconic image of the scary movie: the flash of a knife penetrating soft female flesh.
Confessions of a Reluctant Crafter by Deborah Ostrovsky (Winter 2012)
I'm standing beside the cash at a popular Montreal knitting shop, and giant beads of sweat are rolling down my face.
Daphne Odjig by Jann L.M. Bailey (Spring 2011)
Daphne Odjig’s career as an artist and her ongoing work as an advocate for Aboriginal artists, women and children has been a lifelong story of inspiration.
Jane Rules: Reflections on Living and on Loving by Joanne Bealy
Jane Rule was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on March 28, 1931. After spending time in England, she moved to Canada in 1956 to teach at the University of British Columbia.