The Mighty Pen: BIPOC Student Workshop, Giving & Receiving Feedback

Headshots of authors, Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar  
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Mighty Pen Reading Series welcomes authors Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar
Building relations. Claiming space. Uplifting diverse voices.

Toronto-based writers Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar have not only gathered attention for their own powerful stories of identity and resilience, but are also showcasing the vibrancy of Scarborough lives in their anthology FEEL WAYS, edited with Adrian de Leon.

BIPOC Student Workshop with Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar  
"Giving & Receiving Feedback"
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Rm. 258, 100 McCaul St. 

Workshop
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Click here to register. 

Public Reading
Doors open at 6:30pm
Reading at 7:00pm

Light refreshments will be served.
Books for sale courtesy of University of Toronto bookstore.
 

About The Mighty Pen
The Mighty Pen programming aims to bring voices from the margins and to center and celebrate BIPOC narratives in all their complexities. In addition to the Reading Series, which highlights emerging and established BIPOC writers and authors, The Mighty Pen also hosts a monthly writing group, open to all OCAD U students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as a Person of Colour. The group is facilitated by Phoebe Wang, Writing & Learning Consultant (ELL) and author of the poetry collection Admission Requirements.

Téa Mutonji
Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Her collection of short stories Shut Up You're Pretty was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (2019). Téa lives and writes in downtown Toronto.

Natasha Ramoutar
Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer from Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon). Her work has been included in projects by Diaspora Dialogues, Scarborough Arts, and Nuit Blanche Toronto, and has been published in The Unpublished City II, PRISM Magazine, and more.

The Mighty Pen programming is co-presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI), and is supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP).

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 258, 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
http://bit.ly/37E9FDY
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/writing-and-learning-centre/wlc-services/mighty-pen
Email: 
wlc@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
ext. 229
Cost: 
FREE
Event poster with photos of authors, Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar  

The Mighty Pen: Public Reading

Headshots of authors, Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar  
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:30pm

The Mighty Pen Reading Series welcomes authors Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar
Building relations. Claiming space. Uplifting diverse voices.

Toronto-based writers Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar have not only gathered attention for their own powerful stories of identity and resilience, but are also showcasing the vibrancy of Scarborough lives in their anthology FEEL WAYS, edited with Adrian de Leon.

Public Reading with Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar  
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Rm. 258, 100 McCaul St. 

Doors open at 6:30pm
Reading at 7:00pm

Light refreshments will be served.
Books for sale courtesy of University of Toronto bookstore.
 

About The Mighty Pen
The Mighty Pen programming aims to bring voices from the margins and to center and celebrate BIPOC narratives in all their complexities. In addition to the Reading Series, which highlights emerging and established BIPOC writers and authors, The Mighty Pen also hosts a monthly writing group, open to all OCAD U students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as a Person of Colour. The group is facilitated by Phoebe Wang, Writing & Learning Consultant (ELL) and author of the poetry collection Admission Requirements.

Téa Mutonji
Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Her collection of short stories Shut Up You're Pretty was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (2019). Téa lives and writes in downtown Toronto.

Natasha Ramoutar
Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer from Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon). Her work has been included in projects by Diaspora Dialogues, Scarborough Arts, and Nuit Blanche Toronto, and has been published in The Unpublished City II, PRISM Magazine, and more.

The Mighty Pen programming is co-presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI), and is supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP).

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 258, 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/writing-and-learning-centre/wlc-services/mighty-pen
Email: 
wlc@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
ext. 229
Cost: 
FREE
Event poster with photos of authors, Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar  

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE MIGHTY PEN STUDENT INITIATIVE FUND

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to Monday, February 3, 2020 - 12:00pm

EXTENDED DEADLINE FEB 3!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Mighty Pen student initiative fund

Building relations. Claiming space. Uplifting diverse voices.

Are you a BIPOC student, collective or group with an idea for a project that uses storytelling to build resilience? Apply for up to $250 to support any initiative that features students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as a Person of Colour (BIPOC) and that generates dialogue around any of the following:

  • Inclusivity
  • Social change and justice
  • Systemic barriers on campus and in the OCAD U community

Please submit your completed application form to wlc@ocadu.ca by the deadline.

Extended deadline: Monday, February 3 at 12 pm

 

FAQs

What is The Mighty Pen?

The Mighty Pen is a group that is open to OCAD U students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as a Person of Colour (BIPOC). Its purpose is to bring voices from the margins to centralize and celebrate BIPOC narratives in all their complexities.

It is hosted by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and facilitated by Phoebe Wang, Writing and Learning Consultant (ELL) and author of the poetry collection Admission Requirements.

Who can apply?

OCAD U students, clubs, collectives and student groups with a majority who identify as BIPOC.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

New or ongoing projects such as performances, readings, fairs, print or digital publications, guest speakers and events.

What can the funds be used for?

These funds may be used for materials, honorarium fees for the artists, writers and creators, and promotion.

How much funding is available?

$500 total; a project may receive up to $250.

All funds must be used by March 31, 2020.

What are the steps to apply?

Fill out the application form with details of your project, timeline and budget.

 

This fund is presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) and is supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP).

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre (WLC), 113 McCaul Street, Level 5, Room 510
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/writing-and-learning-centre
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ocadumightypen
Email: 
wlc@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 ext 229
Call for Proposals poster

Dumpling Discourse II: Professional Development Circle for BIPOC Students

Vector illustration of Chinese steamed dumplings and chopsticks
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

Dumpling Discourse II
Thursday, 11 April 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM 

Dumpling Discourse is a professional development circle for BIPOC artists and designers. The focus for these workshops is to provide OCAD students with informal mentorship and guidance, specifically for emerging creative practitioners who experience marginalization, racialization, and under-representation within their respective field of practice. 

Mobilization strategies, safety tactics, and lived experiences will be shared over dim sum (Rosewood Asian Cuisine), lead by Basil Alzeri, Ian Kamau, Immony Men, and April Xie. The facilitators of this event will ensure that the design of these conversational spaces are safe, inclusive, and respectful, to ensure that the participants of this workshop are comfortable with sharing their concerns, experiences, and curiosities about employment within academic environments and creative workspaces.

This event is hosted by Public Visualization Lab, with generous support from OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, Office of the Provost, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Sciences and the Digital Futures Undergraduate Program.

Since these sessions are intended for OCAD students, we will require that you submit your student number, area/year of study, and creative interest in the comment section when you register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dumpling-discourse-ii-tickets-59168715220

Please note that the group will meet at the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers on Level 3 of 115 McCaul and then walk to Rosewood.

 

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, 115 McCaul St., Level 3
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dumpling-discourse-ii-tickets-59168715220

Dumpling Discourse: Professional Development Circle for BIPOC Students

Chinese steamed dumplings with chopsticks
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

Dumpling Discourse is a professional development circle for BIPOC artists and designers. The focus for these workshops is to provide OCAD students with informal mentorship and guidance, specifically for emerging creative practitioners who experience marginalization, racialization, and under-representation within their respective field of practice.

Mobilization strategies, safety tactics, and lived experiences will be shared over dim sum (Rosewood Asian Cuisine), lead by Jessica Leong, Immony Men, May Truong. The facilitators of this event will ensure that the design of these conversational spaces are safe, inclusive, and respectful, to ensure that the participants of this workshop are comfortable with sharing their concerns, experiences, and curiosities about employment within academic environments and creative workspaces.

This event is hosted by Public Visualization Lab, with generous support from OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, Office of the Provost, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Sciences and the Digital Futures Undergraduate Program.

Since these sessions are intended for OCAD students, we will require that you submit your student number, area/year of study, and creative interest in the comment section when you register for this event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dumpling-discourse-tickets-59062173551

Please note that the group will meet at the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers on Level 3 of 115 McCaul and then walk to Rosewood.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dumpling-discourse-tickets-59062173551
Cost: 
FREE

Groundings: Summit to Raise Up BIPOC Poets

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

This Grounding will bring together poets, spoken word artists, dub & hip hop poets, students, creative writers, and word activists to pool their knowledge and know how to build cultural leadership as a means to develop, enrich, and advance our cultural communities who work with writing and language as artistic forms.

Friday, November 23rd 

A reception will be hosted in the evening. The group will be engaged in cross cultural dialogue, sharing strategic work, networking and checking-in.

Saturday, November 24th 

A full day of discussion regarding the spoken word form, diverse poetry, and aspects of the creative writing community beyond questions and critique. We will begin to envision and develop a 5 year strategy forward as a crucial cultural, artistic, and scholarly movement. In conjunction with the new Creative Writing BFA, we will be working to position OCAD University as a local, national, and international home/hub for the creative, scholarly, and social practice work of poets, writers, language & linguistic artistic creator-activists-- many of whom are already working seamlessly across genres and disciplines. We will be working with a vartiety of sectors (community, business, education, government, arts councils, health, entertainment, etc.) to establish experiential learning opportunities for students and create sustainable professional working opportunities for our graduates. One such successful example is the development of the ‘teaching artist’ now utilized throughout Boards of Education.

This first meeting is BIPOC focused.

Please email lallen@faculty.ocadu.ca for registration and further information.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 113 McCaul St.
"GROUNDINGS" in Brown text "SYMPOSIUM TO RAISE UP BIPOC POETS" in cream on red, orange, beige, brown, and cream diagonal stripes

BIPOC Autumn Plaza Dance now on Thursdays

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

Rain or shine Plaza Dance will happen. On sunny days we will meet in Butterfield Park right beside 100 McCaul. Other days, in the lobby.

 

Venue & Address: 
Lobby of 100 McCaul, OCAD U
Cost: 
free
BIPOC Plaza Dance
Keywords: 

BIPOC Autumn Plaza Dance

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:30am to Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:30pm

BIPOC Autumn Plaza Dance. Every Thursday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Looby of 100 McCaul, OCAD U

*On sunny days, we will meet in Butterfield Park, side of 100 McCaul

Venue & Address: 
Looby, 100 McCaul Street
Cost: 
Free
BIPOC Autumn Plaza Dance
Keywords: