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About Priscila Uppal:
Priscila Uppal is a Toronto poet, fiction writer and York University professor. Among her publications are eight collections of poetry, most recently, Ontological Necessities (2006; shortlisted for the $50,000 Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology (2010), Successful Tragedies: Poems 1998-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, U.K.), and Winter Sport: Poems; the critically-acclaimed novels The Divine Economy of Salvation (2002) and To Whom It May Concern (2009); and the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy (2009). Her work has been published internationally and translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Korean and Latvian. She was poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games. Time Out London recently dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.” 

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About Ins Choi:
Selected theatre credits: Kim's Convenience (Best New Play, Patron's Pick, Toronto Fringe
festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Death of a Salesman, Window on Toronto, The Cherry
Orchard
, Oh What a Lovely War (Dora-nomination), (re)birth: ee cummings in song (soulpepper); Lady in the Red Dress (fu-GEN - Dora nomination); Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, The Odyssey (Stratford); Banana Boys (fu-GEN - Dora nomination); The Comedy of Errors (CanStage); Hongbu and Nolbu and the Magic Pumpkins (LKTYP). Ins was born in Korea, grew up in Scarborough and now resides in Toronto with his lovely wife and their two kids. Upcoming: Enter the Shadow: the life of a b-boy (Harbourfront Centre), KJV@400 (Young Centre for the Performing Arts).

Harbourfront Centre and Diaspora Dialogues present Buy, Sell, Trade? The Currency of Identity

Everyone:PWYC

A discussion that explores identity and representation issues in storytelling. With a moderated panel of writers and artists, the audience will contribute one-word ‘identifiers’ that the panel will randomly select and use to collectively build characters. As they build, they will discuss some of the implications, changing dynamics and difficulties that reveal themselves in this process. This conversation invites the panelists and the audience to engage with each other in an open, honest and respectful way in order to reveal some of the challenges artists encounter in creating characters and stories. With novelist Priscila Uppal, theatre artist Ins Choi, and others.

Please note: This is a pay-what-you-can event.

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