FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th

6:30PM - 8:30 PM

GLAD DAY

SPECIAL EVENT

SICK THEORIES : SICKNESS AND SEXUALITY

POST-CONFERENCE SOCIAL
This is the wind down of the Sick Theories conference. It’s a time to reflect on the events and connect with each other. There will also be short readings by authors sprinkled through the evening.

9:00PM - 10:30PM

GLAD DAY

READING

WE WILL NOT BE ERASED

ARIELLE TWIST

HEATH V. SALAZAR

LEE AIRTON

MANDY GOODHANDY

SANCHARI SUR

TERRENCE ABRAHAMS

hosted by CHARLIE C PETCH
An evening of readings by trans, non-binary & genderqueer authors.

10:30PM - 2:00AM

GLAD DAY

SPECIAL EVENT

TRANSDANGEROUS!
A DANCE PARTY

with DJ NIK RED
Let's burn down the binary on the dance floor!

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th

11AM - 12:15PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

- ASL - 

THE WRITER'S HUSTLE

AHMED DANNY RAMADAN

BÄNOO ZAN

KAI CHENG THOM

How do we pay those bills? How do find the energy to write? How do institutions like Can Lit, publishers and Pride Festivals support or deny us? How do we push back against the isolation that Capitalism creates?

GLAD DAY

WORKSHOP

WITNESS

with TYLER PENNOCK
Participants learn the process of how to bring a story forward into the world from within themselves - this form of storytelling is a form of parallel creation, where the details of the original story are never repeated.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

IT'S IN THE STARS

BUILDING CHARACTERS BASED ON ASTROLOGY

with DEBRA ANDERSON

For this creative writing workshop, you don’t need to know anything about astrology to attend. All you do is write! I will launch us from the fun foundation of the zodiac as a place of inspiration.

12:30PM - 1:45PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

- ASL -

# METOO

ALEX CAFARELLI

CLEMENTINE MORRIGAN

DORIANNE EMMERTON
TYLER PENNOC

Survivors reflect on how experiences of sexual assault or harassment informs their work, the relationship between writing and healing, the legacy of trauma and what a future of increased justice and solidarity might look like.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

UNRULY VISIONS : Writing Unruly Bodies in Fiction

with SANCHARI SUR
What are unruly bodies? How are they written into fiction? Who can write them? These are some of the questions that will be discussed and pondered upon during this workshop.

2:15PM - 3:30PM

BUDDIES

BOOK LAUNCH

- ASL -

nîtisânak BY LINDSAY NIXON
with special guests

How do you honour blood and chosen kin with equal care? A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, Lindsay Nixon’s nîtisânak is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same.

GLAD DAY

PANEL

QUEER EST UN MOT FRANÇAIS!
AMÉLIE DUMOULIN

PIERRE-LUC LANDRY

SYLVIE BÉRARD

avec ARNAUD BAUDRY
Joignez-vous à nous pour une lecture public entièrement en français réunissant trois auteur·e·s primé·e·s: Pierre-Luc Landry, gagnant du Prix du livre d’Ottawa pour Les corps extraterrestres [Listening for Jupiter] (2015); Amélie Dumoulin, gagnante du Prix des libraires dans la catégorie Jeunesse 12-17 Québec pour Fé M F (2015); et Sylvie Bérard, gagnante du Prix Trillium dans la catégorie poésie de langue française pour Oubliez (2017).

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

WRITING MAGIC

with SABRINA SCOTT
We commune with queer and trans ancestors, channel divinity, and manifest magic in our lives. But how can we translate all of these often wordless and deeply embodied experiences into writing? Walk away with writing techniques and prompts that merge spiritual practice and creative practice, writing and/as ritual.

3:45PM - 5:00PM

BUDDIES

SPECIAL

EVENT

- ASL -

LEGENDARY CONVERSATIONS:

JEWELLE GOMEZ

interviewed by KIM KATRIN MILAN

We are thrilled to have Jewelle Gomez at Naked Heart in a rare Toronto appearance. The legendary writer, poet, activist, organizer and author of the first Black Lesbian vampyre novel (The Gilda Chronicles) will be interviewed by the always dynamic Kim Katrin Milan.

GLAD DAY

BOOK LAUNCH

SWELLING WITH PRIDE

QUEER CONCEPTION AND ADOPTION STORIES

SARA GRAEFE (editor)

GAIL MARLENE SCHWARTZ

JANE BYERS

JO JEFFERSON

KIRA MEYERS-GUIDEN

RACHEL EPSTEIN

SUSAN MEYERS

SUSAN G. COLE
In Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories, creative non-fiction writers celebrate LGBTQ2 families and the myriad of ways we embark upon our parenting journeys.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

SUBJECT LINE: SUBMISSION

(GETTING YOUR WRITING SUBMISSION-READY)

with TERRENCE ABRAHAMS

Overwhelmed by the amount of lit mags out there? Unsure if your work is the right fit for any of them? Feeling a little less than confident about the submission process? From poetry to creative non-fiction, this workshop will look at how to best prepare you and your writing for submission to literary journals and beyond.

5:15PM - 6:30PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

- ASL -

SPECTRUMS OF SANITY
MENTAL HEALTH AND THE WRITER

GREG WONG

HANA SHAFI

PETER KNEGT
SLY SARKISOVA

STAR SPIDER

Revisiting one of the most significant panels of the first Naked Heart Festival in 2015, writers openly share their struggles and strategies when mental health becomes a source of creativity or crisis in the writing process.

GLAD DAY

BOOK LAUNCH

THE TIGER FLU

by LARISSA LAI

with special guests:

FARZANA DOCTOR

SHANI MOOTOO

SHYAM SELVADURAI

Celebrate the launch of 'The Tiger Flu' by Larissa Lai with readings by Shani Mootoo, Farzana Doctor and, of course, Larissa Lai. After the readings there will a brief time for questions, followed by a book signing.

7:30PM - 8:45PM

BUDDIES

SPECIAL

EVENT

- ASL -

LEGENDARY CONVERSATIONS

LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA

interviewed by KAI CHENG THOM

A prolific writer, cultural worker and teacher, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's legacy echoes through the literary world and grassroots organizing.

Kai Cheng Thom will host this in-depth interview with Leah, exploring the complexities of care work and the dynamics of ‘social justice’, imperfection, pedestals, self care and love.

GLAD DAY

READING

ARABESQUE: THE Q IN THE ARABIA

AHMED DANNY RAMADAN

BASHAR LULU JABBOUR

KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE

MONA FAITH MOUSA

NARI

hosted by KEROLOS SALEIB

Queer and Trans voices are emerging from the Middle East after years of silencing and muting by Homophobia, dictatorships, and Arab Springs. Join those Arabian artists as they tell you the beautiful truths about being apart of a community of queers that have for too long gone invisible.

562 CHURCH

PANEL

WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

ARIELLE TWIST

DAVID KINGSTON YEH

JODY CHAN

SHAUNGA TAGORE

Has queer pain eclipsed queer love in our literary tradition? Why is it so hard for us to write about love without sarcasm, mockery and cynicism? What is the relationship between love and critique, between love and justice? These heavy-hitting writers take on these heavy-hitting questions and more.

9:00PM - 10:45PM

GLAD DAY

READING

- ASL -

GRIT LIT

DAVID KINGSTON YEH

JOIE LAMAR

HANA SHAFI

MANDY GOODHANDY

PETER KNEGT

ROLYN CHAMBERS

DORIANNE EMMERTON

SABRINA SCOTT

SHYAM SELVADURAI

SLY SARKISOVA

Unpredictable. Unashamed. And sometimes uncomfortable. This is Grit Lit. With gritty resolve these authors offer a look at pleasure and pain, tough truths and reclaiming desire with bad ass disruption and dignity.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11th

10:00AM - 12:00PM

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

EXPLORING PLAYWRITING AND DRAMATURGY

with SABAH HAQUE

Explore methods for playwriting and new play dramaturgy to help you start, develop, or finish an idea for a live performance piece. After checking in with where you are at, we'll move through some methods, and exercises to help you move forward in your playwriting and new play dramaturgy journey.

10:30AM - 12:15PM

BUDDIES

WORKSHOP

THE AUTHOR FOUNDRY:

THE UN-ARTISTIC ASPECTS OF YOUR SUBMISSION PACKAGE

with SHERYL WRIGHT
In this session, Sheryl will take you through the basics of building your submission package and researching each publisher’s requirements to be sure you nail everything they ask for while avoiding the trip-wires that can tank any proposal. This session will focus on investigating the submission package requirements, creating a Hook for your Cover Letter, and the essence of an Author Bio.

GLAD DAY

WORKSHOP

ZINE MAKING TO CELEBRATE

THE DIVERSITY AND BEAUTY OF ALL BODIES

with AMANDA SCRIVER
For the folks who fall outside the normative, having their bodies ignored by the media and ridiculed in society isn’t new.In this body positive zine, we want to ask: what does it mean and look like to practice self-love and engage in positive body love and why is it important to celebrate body liberation?

12:00PM - 3:00PM

GLAD DAY

SPECIAL EVENT

DRAG BRUNCH - NAKED HEART EDITION!

AHMED DANNY RAMADAN
ERIN BROCKOBIĆ

GREG WONG

MOCHILA

TEDDY SYRETTE
It's Glad Day's weekly Drag Brunch hosted by ERIN BROCKOBIĆ! In addition to the drag to you love every week, there will be guest authors dropping by to share some of their punchy words and sharp wit.

12:00PM - 1:15PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

POLICING THE BODY - RESISTANCE AND RENEWAL

AMANDA SCRIVER

ANTHONY OLIVIERA

FATIMA JAMAL

SABRINA SCOTT

Our bodies are under attack, often by forces of power and authority. Often by the police themselves. What strategies do we use to disrupt and defy this discourse? How do we care for ourselves and others in the face of this violence?

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

- ASL -

A JOURNEY IN RAINBOW MOCCASINS

with TEDDY SYRETTE

This workshop is facilitated by a 2-Spirit storyteller who engages participants to have small and large group discussions about the intersectional beauty and barriers of 2-Spirit/queer-trans Indigenous people.

2:00PM - 3:15PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

- ASL -

CELEBRATING MARVELLOUS GROUNDS:

QUEER OF COLOUR HISTORIES OF TORONTO

LEZLIE LEE KAM

SHAUNGA TAGORE

TARA ATLURI

WY JOUNG KOU

Hosted by ALVIS CHOI
Join these queer of colour authors and the Marvellous Grounds collective for readings and a panel discussion about queer of colour stories and Marvellous Grounds’ brand new books.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

WRITING SEX FOR TRAUMA SURVIVORS

with ALEX CAFARELLI

Is there a sexy story you’re burning to write or re-write? Do you want to develop your own queer smut, lusty leather poems, or hot role play scripts? Writing Sex for Trauma Survivors is a hands-on workshop for new and seasoned writers who are ready to get their hands dirty with words.

3:30PM - 4:45PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

- ASL -

UNCOMMITTED CRIMES

THE DEFIANCE OF THE ARTISTIC IMAGI/NATION

TARA ATLURI

FARRAH MARIE MIRANDA

ELISHA LIM

JOSHUA VETTIVELU

KERRY POTTS

SYRUS MARCUS WARE
Tara Atluri has written Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagi/nation as a tribute to Two Spirited, racialized, Transgender, queer, gender-queer, and feminist artists who deviate from the mainstream and create art that engages with questions of societal oppression, survival, and resistance. This panel brings together some of the inspiring artists whose work is discussed in the pages of this text in the real time of Turtle Island and all of its histories of dissent.

GLAD DAY

PANEL

FIRST PERSON - ETHICS & EXPERIENCE

MANDY GOODHANDY

MICHAEL LYONS

ROLYN CHAMBERS

What are the ethics of writing in the first person? How do we negotiate self-reflection, self-indulgence, self-harm, self-esteem and self-sabotage? These local authors will reflect on the complexities of writing about sex, community, culture, history, their friends and themselves.

562 CHURCH

PANEL

ABLE TO SHARE

COLE FORREST

JEWELLE GOMEZ

MUGABI BYENKYA

hosted by ANDREW GURZA

What accommodations or interventions are possible when we are faced with socially-constructed barriers based on our bodies and perceived abilities? How does our writing and storytelling build a bridge while simultaneously making us a target?

5:15PM - 6:30PM

BUDDIES

PANEL

- ASL -

INTERSECTIONALITY
LARISSA LAI

MONA FAITH MOUSA

VIDAL WU

How does our awareness of intersectionality ebb and flow? How are audiences responding to our insistent intersectionality? What forces are still trying to deny or distort our intersectional theory, work and lived experience?

GLAD DAY

WORKSHOP

WE ALL GOT OUR HIV

A MULTI-MEDIA CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

witH THOM VERNON

In this workshop, participants are invited to explore their own experience of living with stigma (HIV, queerness, racism, trauma, differing mobilities/capacities, and others) and othering using creative writing and multimedia strategies , text, "cut-ups"  to create activate the origins and perpetuations of stigma.

562 CHURCH

WORKSHOP

SEX WRITING 101

with KATE SLOAN
This is an introduction to creative, ethical, and logistical considerations involved in writing personal nonfiction about sex. Learn what makes a sex story worth writing, how to ensure the safety and comfort of the people you write about (and yourself), and how to weave your sexcapades into striking, cohesive narratives.

7:00PM - 8:15PM

GLAD DAY

READING

- ASL -

RACIALIZED IS A VERB

BÄNOO ZAN

COLE FORREST

FIONA RAYE CLARKE

LARISSA LAI

SHAUNGA TAGORE

TARA ALTURI

VIDAL WU
These racialized writers fill the space with their words.

562 CHURCH

PANEL

WRITING FROM THE NON-BINARY

HEATH V SALAZAR

JORDAAN MASON

LEE AIRTON

SANCHARI SUR

How does writing from a non-binary perspective impact the creative practice, process and product? What are the joys and frustrations of non-binary representation?

8:30PM - 10:00PM

GLAD DAY

READING

- ASL -

BLAZING FEMME

JEWELLE GOMEZ

LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA

FATIMA JAMAL

ALEX CAFARELLI

CLEMENTINE MORRIGAN

DEBRA ANDERSON

DORIANNE EMMERTON

ELIO IANNACCI
Queer femme writers end the festival in a blaze of lit glory.