FOLAS Reading Series Presents: Carolyn Smart with Special Guest Bänoo Zan

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 1:00am to 3:00am

On Tuesday January 19 at 8pm, please join us as we welcome Carolyn Smart, who will kick off our series with poetry from her recent collection "Careen" (Brick), a brilliant telling of the story of Bonnie and Clyde from each character's own perspective.

About Carolyn:
Carolyn Smart has written seven collections of poetry including "Careen," "Hooked," and "The Way to Come Home." She is the founder of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for McGill-Queen’s Press, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen's University.

About "Careen":
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are the stuff of legend – why tell their story again? Chances are you don’t know the nuances – their love story and that of their accomplices Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche; their aspirations, conflicts and prayerful natures; and ultimately the sources of their tragedy. At its core, Careen is a long poem spoken by the characters, though the voices are companioned by newspaper articles often ironically at odds with the inside story. Smart lets the principal actors relate their own tale—a book of voices speaking out of the desperate Dirty Thirties.

With Special Guest, writer, translator, teacher, editor and poetry organizer, Bänoo Zan.

About Bänoo:
Bänoo landed in Canada in 2010. She has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has published more than 120 poems, translations, biographies, and articles in print and online publications around the globe. Her book, "The Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath," was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Two collections of her poems are to be released in 2016 by Guernica Editions and Piquant Press. She is the founder, an organizer and host of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), the most diverse poetry reading and open mic series in Toronto. Since November 2012, the series has been bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, bringing together artists from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Also featuring a surprise guest appearance from the spoken word hip hop dimension.

Questions can be directed to Michelle Miller at

All welcome! Accessible venue!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto. Room 187

The Wisdom of Movement, Song and Story: A DwD Workshop in InterPlay

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:30pm to Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 2:00am

February's DwD workshop will gently immerse you in the easy-body practices of InterPlay, a practice that invites groups and individuals to tap into their artistic authority and connect to their body’s inner wisdom. In InterPlay, you will find new access to your stories, movement and voice. This is an easy way to experience the powerful integration of mind, body, heart and spirit. It is also a quick way to gain community connection.

It will also offer you tools to stimulate creativity and self-awareness in your life.

InterPlay is something that anybody and any body can do—regardless of size, shape, ability, race, culture, gender, sexuality, belief, or nationality. All you need is a little willingness. Expect to laugh, savor and relax. Expect to be surprised by what you can do!

InterPlay is a worldwide community of artist-activists who believe in their ability to change the world through creative expression. InterPlay developed over the last twenty-five years by Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry. For more info, visit

Note that this month's DwD opens at 6:30, due to other events on campus. We will plan to end at 9:00, but guests are free to stay to talk with the hosts.


Rehana Tejpar is a mother, dancer, theatre artist and community arts facilitator dedicated to staging stories of social importance, and evoking community dialogue. Using popular education, Theatre of the Oppressed and Art of Hosting techniques, she has been designing curriculum and facilitating leadership programs with young women, children and youth in Canada, Kenya and India for the past 10 years. Since 2011 she has been playing with InterPlay and is currently a leader in training. She is an active performance artist in dance-theatre and is currently working on Eventual Ashes’ Ocean Carving: A Performance in Water, to be performed in the 2015 Rhubarb Festival.


Design with Dialogue (DwD) is an open community of practice learning together to lead organizational & community change through participatory design, strategic dialogue and emerging facilitation methods.

We gather monthly to convene workshops as a practice in social design to engage the organizations, projects, and civic communities to which we're committed.

Join us from 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at OCAD's Lambert Lounge.

DwD is coordinated by:

Peter Jones
OCADU professor and Principal at Redesign

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer at The Moment

Kaitlin Almack
Process Facilitator at ICA Associates

Christopher Lee
Principal at Potluck Projects

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Lambert Lounge, Room 187