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A poet, short story writer, young adult fiction writer, storyteller, and novelist, Marie-Célie Agnant has published seventeen books. Her work has been published in Québec, France, and Haiti, and translated into many languages. Her collection of short stories Le silence comme le sang (Remue-Ménage, 1997) was a finalist for the Governor General’s prize for fiction, she has won the Prix Gros Sel for her children’s book La légende du poisson amoureux (2007), the SODEP prose creation prize for “Sofialorène, si loin de la délivrance,” and the prestigious Prix Alain-Grandbois for her third collection of poems Femmes des terres brûlées (Éditions Pleine Lune, 2016).

Rodney Diverlus (@rodneydiverlus | He/Them) is a Haitian-Canadian movement artist who has performed internationally in dance theatre and multidisciplinary performance, and has developed his distinct movement aesthetic that brings together jazz, contemporary and Afrikanic movements. Described by the Toronto Star as “one of Toronto’s fastest rising dance talents,” Rodney is working on new world premieres for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre and Tapestry Opera, and is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Stage Award for Direction. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter—Canada and the Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism.