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Zong! unTelling the unTold, unDoing the unDone

December 9, 2020 at6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


On Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Plug In ICA is honoured to host a durational reading by M. NourbeSe Philip as our final event of Sovereign Intimacies and as part of Zong! Global 2020. M. NourbeSe Philip presents the first online global iteration of the annual durational reading of Zong!, her acclaimed book-length poem. The 10-day durational reading commemorates the massacre of some 150 enslaved Africans, which began on November 29, 1781 and continued for the following 10 days. In its eighth year of production, the sequential reading will consist of prerecorded readings/collective performances of the text, interspersed by 3 live simultaneous collective readings. These readings will run from November 30 to December 9, 2020 culminating with this live reading hosted by Plug In ICA presented in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Born in Tobago, M. NOURBESE PHILIP is an unembedded poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and independent scholar who lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto where she practised law for seven years before becoming a poet and writer.  Among her published works are the seminal She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks; the speculative prose poem Looking for Livingston: An Odyssey of Silence; the young adult novel, Harriet’s Daughter; the play, Coups and Calypsos, and four collections of essays including her most recent collection, BlanK.  Her book-length poem, Zong!, is a conceptually innovative, genre-breaking epic, which explodes the legal archive as it relates to slavery.  Among her awards are numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants, including the prestigious Chalmers Award (Ontario Arts Council), the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (Outstanding mid-career artist), as well as the Pushcart Prize (USA), the Casa de las Americas Prize (Cuba), the Lawrence Foundation Prize (USA), the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award (Toronto), and Dora Award finalist (drama).  Her fellowships include Guggenheim, McDowell, and Rockefeller (Bellagio).  She is an awardee of both the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Arts) and the Elizabeth Fry Rebels for a Cause awards.  She has been Writer-in-Residence at several universities and a guest at writers’ retreats.  M. NourbeSe Philip is the 2020 recipient of PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.


December 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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