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 the author of Nell Zink is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017). He leads and curates the Slo-Po group reading series at knife | fork | book and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lemon Hound, Vallum, Prairie Fire, Poetry Is Dead, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City, The Capilano Review, and more. A poetry editor and MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, he splits his time between Toronto and Montreal.
Simone Makeba Dalton is a writer currently working on her MFA thesis through the University of Guelph, which explores the histories inherited by daughters of absentee fathers. Her story “Undersigned" was published in The Unpublished City, curated by Dionne Brand, and her essay “What Will You Tell Your Children” will be published in the forthcoming Black Writing Matters, edited by Whitney French. She is the co-host of Guelph's Speakeasy reading series. 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.
Whitney French is a writer, storyteller and arts-educator. Her writing has been published in Quill and Quire, Geist, Descant Magazine and anthologized in The Black Notes (2017) The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2010). Whitney also the founder and co-editor of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine as well as the founder of the workshop series Writing While Black: an initiative to develop a community of black writers. Whitney French is presently working on an anthology of creative nonfiction by black Canadians for the University of Regina Press.
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.