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Jordan Abel Public Talk
March 28 at 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Join a presentation with Jordan Abel as he reads from his latest project, NISHGA, and takes questions from the audience.
Drawing on auto-biographical information and a series of interconnected documents (i.e., pieces of a memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), NISHGA is a book about confronting difficult truths and how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people engage with a history of colonial violence that is quite often rendered invisible.
The project is rooted in a desire to illuminate the realities of intergenerational survivors of residential schools, but sheds light on Indigenous experiences that may not seem to be immediately (or inherently) Indigenous.
Abel will visit the Creative Writing 150 class, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, which is open to the public. The presentation will only be 30 minutes in length, so please show up promptly.
About the Speaker
Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver and the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools.
Abel recently completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing.