Alex Leslie worked for Megaphone street newspaper’s community writing program for over three years, facilitating hundreds of writing workshops in housing facilities, drop-ins and community spaces in the Downtown Eastside and Downtown Core, and has facilitated many writing workshops for youth for the Vancouver School Board and the Surrey School Board. Their first book, ‘People Who Disappear,’ was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award and a 2013 ReLit Award, and their second book, a collection of prose poems entitled ‘The things I heard about you’ is out this fall with Nightwood.
Alex wrote us a letter that delved into several ideas they have been thinking about, among them identity and insomnia. Their letter is also one we can’t seem to leave behind: the idea, in particular of the essential self continues to surface.
We’re very excited to read in a joint event with Amber Dawn and Alex Leslie, who reached out to each other with the idea of this.
On June 19, Thursday, from 7-9pm at Lost + Found Café on 33W Hastings, both authors read their letters to Thursdays Writing Collective and heard, for the first time, individual responses from Collective participants who used those letters as seeds for new work.
All were welcome to this free event. Accessiblity details are thanks to Alex Leslie, please see below the poster. We had delicious food catered by Lost + Found.
Here is a beautiful poster Madeleine Thien made for us and a Facebook event page for the event.
Here is the accessibility info for the event. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Main entrance: 5 feet wide, double doors that open outwards, wing handles 41” from ground. Weather permitting, doors to street will likely be left open. There are no steps to entrance. The space inside Lost & Found Café is stair-free. Signage is a sandwich board on the sidewalk.
There is parking (paid by metre) on Hastings St directly outside and opposite the café. There are bike lock-ups directly outside café, as well as the Hastings bus stop. There will be transit tickets available at the event for those who need them.
This event is a scent reduced space. Please refrain from wearing heavily scented perfumes and hygiene products.
Readers will use a microphone and the space has minimal echoes. Lighting is even throughout space.
There are a variety of seating options. A variety of upholstered seats & couches with and without armrests. The majority of seating consists of unpadded wooden chairs with no armrests. There will be space for those who wish to stand. There will be priority seating reserved for elders; these seats will be marked “Reserved for elders”, please help yourself as needed. If you need a particular kind of seating for your physical comfort, please get in touch with us beforehand and we will have that set aside for you.
There will be snacks provided for all attendees. There will be vegetarian options. Water is freely available. Alcohol is not provided but is available for purchase in the space. Counters are 3’3” from ground.
There will be two All Genders washrooms for the event.
The hallway leading to the washroom is 32” wide. There is a 90 degree turn in the hallway with a turning area of 40” by 37”. There are two washrooms, both of which have one stall. The doors to the stalls open inward and the stall entrance is 33” wide. The washroom on the lefthand side is the larger of the two; its stall is 57” deep and 61” wide with the toilet located in the rear left corner of the stall, immediately beside the wall. There is no grip bar. There is a scooter and wheelchair accessible public washroom located at the Carnegie Centre at Hastings & Main, three blocks East of the venue. For further info regarding accessibility, contact Lost & Found at 604-559-7444
This accessibility audit was done using part of the information provided in the RAMP project audit (http://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/radical-access-mapping-project-vancouver/). Thank you to RAMP and Elena Johnson for giving us feedback on this audit.