Don’t miss the Fisher/Summit School showcase featuring writing and performance written during workshops with Ottawa's English language Poet Laureate Jamaal Jackson Rogers. Followed by readings by S.K. Ali and Kevin Sands interviewed by our young writers.
Jamaal had us writing eight word autobiographies, and encouraging us to ‘’be yourself, everyone else is taken’’. He had us stepping to the beat, and taking risks for our art. One of the results could be a group sound poem!
S.K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, S.K. Ali’s debut YA novel Saints and Misfits is a beautiful and nuanced story about a young woman exploring her identity through friendship, family, and faith.
Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, and a teacher. He lives in Toronto. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling Blackthorn Key series. In the Final instalment, Christopher, Tom and Sally face new codes, puzzles and traps as they race to find the hidden treasure before someone else is murdered.
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We are grateful to the support of the Community Foundation of Ottawa and Canada, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, RBC, the Ottawa Public Library and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Our advisors, the National Research Council of Canada and the Conference Board of Canada, have generously provided expert insight and guidance.