Can You Hear Me Now?
The phrase can you hear me now? has become ubiquitous in the age of digital meetings, but also speaks to global movements for change that call for marginalized voices to be represented, celebrated and heard. In 2021, TIFA presented a new collection of writing that responded to this phrase, penned by some of the world’s most distinct voices, during the 42nd edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
The collection is now available for free from Kobo as an ebook and audiobook. It features original work from Maisy Card, Genki Ferguson, Laird Hunt, Maki Kashimada, Lina Meruane, Shani Mootoo, Scholastique Mukasonga, Louisa Onomé, Max Porter and Ashley Spires. Download your copy today!
Slam Coalkan Performance Poetry: the Condor and the Eagle Meet
A Cross-Continental Roar!
In 2021, seventeen Indigenous spoken word artists from North and South America performed their works at Festival of the Peripheries (FLUP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) in Toronto, Canada. This anthology, featuring poems from each of the performers, is the result of this remarkable cross-border collaboration. Digitally enhanced with QR codes, Slam Coalkan links readers to the poets’ performances at the festivals.
From these pages the poets sing their hopes and their dreams. These are the voices of resistance, voices that speak out against the evils of colonialism, racism, transphobia and genocide. Voices that cry, shout, whisper and roar passionate messages to the world.
Don’t miss your chance to see and hear this remarkable international collaboration of slam poetry and performance!
Slam Coalkan is edited by Jennifer Alicia Murrin and Renata Tupinambá.
Cover art: Philip Cote III, “Flood Story” (top) and Gustavo Caboco, “Returno à terra” (bottom).