Home > Upcoming Programs > Erasure: A Tool for Re-imagining (online poetry workshop) July 28, 2020
28 July, 2020
2:00 PM
Tatamagouche Centre online, 259 Loop Route 6, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0

Tuesday July 14 and Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Erasure: A Tool for Re-imagining (online poetry workshop) with Kate MacDonald

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT – Choose full bursary as a payment option to complete the registration steps. This is a free offering, but donations are gratefully accepted as we navigate this difficult time. 

Two webinar workshops will bookend a two-week writing period. We will be exploring the power of presence, absence and rewriting. We will be exploring the technique of blackout poetry through an anti-oppression, anti-racist lens to examine power and privilege.

Workshop One: July 14th 2:00 to 3:30pm – we will provide a zoom link once you register.

Writing Period: July 14th to July 28th

Workshop Two: July 28th 2:00 to 3:30pm – we will provide a zoom link once you register.

Erasure poetry, also known as blackout poetry, is a form of found poetry wherein a person takes an existing text and erases, blacks out, or otherwise obscures a large portion of the text, creating a wholly new work from what remains.

Erasure poetry may be used as a means of collaboration, creating a new text from an old one and thereby starting a dialogue between the two, or as a means of confrontation, a challenge to a pre-existing text (poets.org). It is a powerful tool for rewriting the narratives we sanction, decolonizing our texts and lives.

BLACKOUT TEXT: The following text will be used for our workshop. By erasing words you will re-write the text and create your own poem, code, or piece of writing.

The Halifax Regional Police (HRP) – accepted Code of Ethics states the following:

AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL KEEP MY PRIVATE life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self- restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favour, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service.

I KNOW that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I WILL constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession…law enforcement.


Program Leadership:

Kate Macdonald was born and raised in Halifax, NS. Kate is proudly African Nova Scotian. She studied Performance Acting at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. At the end of 2016 with the political climate swiftly changing around her (an election of a new US president) she knew her reaction had to be radical. Out of this desire to make a change she Founded and Co Created The Magic Project which focuses on bringing marginalized brilliance to the forefront of social media using the arts. Kate is also a Community Facilitator and Youth Programmer. She hopes to continue creating workshops, holding space for community discussions and empowering youth through celebration. Recently, Kate, Trayvone Clayton & DeRico Symonds created an African Nova Scotian community based, youth-led initiative called The Game Changers. They also held an important part of representing youth in the long battle of street checks being banned. After a year of working together in advocacy, activism, and community they decided to collaborate officially. Kate currently works as the RISE Halifax Project Coordinator for the organization Apathy is Boring.

Program Resource person:

Liliona Quarmyne has an eclectic background and a diverse set of trainings and experiences. As a result, she wears many hats – choreographer, dancer, actor, singer, community organizer, and facilitator. Liliona’s work stems from the idea of the body as story – an ever shifting, layered meeting place of moments and memory that is constant conversation with time, space, land, and other bodies. Liliona sees her body as a link to past and to future generations. She choreographs and dances across Canada and internationally, creates and performs original works as an independent artist, facilitates community programming, and is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio.  Her scope of work is broad, but is particularly focused on the relationship between art and social justice, on the body’s ability to carry ancestral memory, and on the role the performing arts can play in creating change.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT – Choose full bursary as a payment option to complete the registration steps. This is a free offering, but donations are gratefully accepted as we navigate this difficult time.