Celebrate Black History Month with the IFOA and Harbourfront Centre during Kuumba 2018!
The IFOA is proud to host a thought-provoking discussion with authors Simone Dalton, Rinaldo Walcott and Whitney French, who will talk about writing and authorship, opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. Moderated by CBC Toronto journalist Dwight Drummond, and hosted by David Bradford.
Kuumba 2018 is a series of artistic events taking place at Harbourfront Centre February 3-24 to address today’s international struggle for Black liberation. Showcased voices include photographers, filmmakers and community experts from here at home and beyond our borders. Join us in connecting and strengthening the Black community!
David Bradford is an interdisciplinary poet and a founding editor of House House Press. He is the author of Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017), Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017), and The Plot (House House Press, 2018). His poetry has appeared in, among others, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, and The Unpublished City, a 2018 Toronto Book Awards finalist. Currently at work on Skin Folk, a black incursion into modern pastoral modes, David is based in Montreal, on the traditional unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.
Simone Dalton (sometimes published as Simone Makeba Dalton) is a writer and social change communicator. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, where she received the Constance Rooke and Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarships. Her work has been published in the anthologies The Unpublished City: Volume I and Black Writing Matters. The former was a 2018 Toronto Book Awards finalist curated by Dionne Brand. She is currently working on her first play for production with RARE Theatre. Simone lives in Toronto and was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dwight Drummond has been a reporter and news anchor for over two decades. He was awarded the Ryerson University Alumni Award of Distinction and has been inducted into the Faculty of Radio and Television Arts Wall of Fame. Currently, Drummond is the co-host of CBC NewsToronto, the flagship supper hour program and winner of Best Local Newscast at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. Drummond has done "just about every job there is to do in a newsroom" as he worked his way up through the industry. Known for his exclusives, he's broken local stories that have gone national and has reported from the U.S., Caribbean and Africa. He had the lead story on CityNews' Gemini win for best newscast, and a top story for City's Edward R. Murrow win for best newscast. Drummond has also received a number of awards for his police reporting and commendations for his community work. He is a recipient of the Men of Excellence Award, the Distinguished Men of Honour Award and the African Canadian Achievement Award for excellence in media.
The founder and co-editor of From the Root Zine, Whitney French has been published in Descant Magazine, anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, and is the host and facilitator of the Writing While Black creative writing studio. Whitney lives in Toronto.
Rinaldo Walcott is an Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, as well as the Graduate Program in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism. Currently, Rinaldo is completing Black Diaspora Faggotry: Readings Frames Limits, which is under-contract to Duke University Press. Additionally, Rinaldo is completing The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards (Black) Freedom, An Essay. As an interdisciplinary black studies scholar Rinaldo has published in a wide range of venues.