TPS is back and featuring Bassam from Vancouver!
bassam (they/them or xe/xim) is a spoken word poet, proud auntie, and settler currently residing on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (colonially “Vancouver, Canada”). they are currently serving as National Director for Spoken Word Canada, and are a member of the League of Canadian Poets. bassam earned title of national slam champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in 2016 with the Guelph Poetry Slam team, and Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) finalist in 2017. they are the author of one chapbook and four collections of poetry, ‘bliss in die / unbinging the underglow’ (Swimming with Elephants Publications) and ‘_nil:/per.OS - sepukku|smiles + songs for sarah’ (GenZ Publishing) both released in 2018.
their newest collection of poetry, entitled ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ (Swimming with Elephants Publications) will released in spring 2019. they were also editor-in-chief and publisher for ‘these pills don’t come in my skin tone’, a spoken word poetry collection exclusively by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) on the topic of mental health and illness, released in fall 2017. A (gender)queer, Jewish person of Middle-Eastern descent and a longtime sufferer of body dysmorphia, bipolar and eating disorders, bassam beliees in radical kindness as resistance to colonization, that there is no equity or peace without justice, and that intersectionality is vital in the struggle against kyriarchy.
As always, two round slam and an open mic.
Ensure you arrive for 730 to sign up for either.
All ages. Limited seating so arrive early.