Today marks the one month anniversary since the release of my first poetry collection, lullabies for warriors. It's still so hard to believe that my baby has been out in the world for 30 days, and that more people than ever are able to read this story that has been such a significant part of [...]
Author: har leen
storytelling under white supremacy
Last Thursday, I had the absolute pleasure of facilitating the workshop “Storytelling for Campaign Organizing” for Sustainable Concordia, as part of their Sustain’Alive series. Much of my content came from all that I have learned through organizing community events for the South Asian Women’s Community Centre, such as the Uncensored Chai meetings and the Storytelling [...]
the gift of witnessing
On Monday, April 22, I had the immense pleasure of facilitating once again my absolute favourite event of the year! Every year, my high school girls program (run through the South Asian Women’s Community Centre), organizes an annual poetry and arts showcase. This year, they hosted their third showcase, titled EUPHORIA, on a sunny spring [...]
diving deep into discomfort
On Thursday, March 14th, I had the immense pleasure of being part of the event, "Don't Pass It Down", organized by The Mosaic Institute, which include some absolutely incredible organizers of colour. The focus of the event took me aback as a subject that was very courageous and at the same time lacking in public [...]
On Saturday, December 8th, I got the opportunity of a lifetime when I was invited by Lembas Works to do a public interactive event with none other than the famous world cellist Yo-Yo Ma, alongside three other spoken word poets. The theme of this pop-up event centered on making an impact in the community, and [...]
real community invites you, again and again
As much as globalization has affected the structure of societies around the world, I believe our bodies still remember what it means to feel community belonging, even if in this individualistic society we may be struggling to find ours. Throughout my life I have struggled with the concept of friendship. As someone who moved constantly, [...]
On August 16, 2018, I got to curate and host a lovely community gathering in the form of an arts showcase on the subject of mental health. This event brought together artists of many disciplines: visual artists, photographers, mixed media artists, spoken word poets, filmmakers and musicians. ECHOES was not just an exploration of mental [...]
the weight of some stories
A few weeks ago, I got the most wonderful opportunity to be part of an event called "Way, Shape, Form", organized by McSWAY (McGill Students Spoken Word Associated Youth). The concept of the event is what intrigued me: being paired with a poem by a writer, and given the task to create art based on [...]
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