Episode #41 Charlotte Henay

By Tamara Jong

On this week’s episode of Bookish Radio, Charlotte Henay shares her profound work with us, talks ritual, mentors, some of her early influences, and holding each other up as BIPOC in community.

Bio: Charlotte Henay is a storyteller and researcher. She works with poetry, lyric and visual essays in writing about cultural memory to counter extinction myths. Her poem “for my sister” was featured in Turtle Island Responds, a series that gives writers the opportunity to respond to current events. Henay’s professional background in critical race theory and her personal experience of being exiled inform her work and journey through the interstices of blackness and indigeneity, imagining Afro-Indigenous futurities. Her writing has appeared in Demeter Press’s Mothers & Daughters, C-Magazine, No More Potlucks, Feral Feminisms, and Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education, and Society.

Links to Charlotte’s work

https://roommagazine.com/writing/my-sister

https://roommagazine.com/blog/we-got-next-emerging-black-writers-you-should-be-paying-attention

https://nagb.org.bs/mixedmediablog/2019/2/4/a-botanical-of-grief-yasmin-glinton-and-charlotte-henay-connect-with-ancestors-voices-and-put-mother-tongue-to-poetry-1

https://charlottehenay.com/

https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/cpi/index.php/cpi/article/view/29453/21464?fbclid=IwAR0Za1jYF1NytsgJ0jWooMPRgUINAh6xwF8maejK9sOsmqWhrFsflfEOV9g

https://feralfeminisms.com/hybridity-and-disaporic-writing/?fbclid=IwAR1ye_2zMfic7cKybOm7glJTHtSCm-tQ2Vs6ohYevajsMxt-SUl45A4mwpQ

Some references from the interview

https://joninakirton.wixsite.com/poet

Midden Julia Bouwsma

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments Saidiya Hartman

Swallow The Fish Gabrielle Civil

M Archive Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Some of my current reads

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamieson

Black Writers Matter Edited by Whitney French

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

We, Old Young Ones Dominik Parisien

Literary Events

gritLit Hamilton ON April 11-14 2019

The Festival of Literary Diversity Brampton ON May 2-5 2019

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