Cabaret & Dinner

Saturday, March 3

Saturday, March 3, 6:30 – 11:00 – SFU Woodwards Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

The final night of the Carceral Cultures Conference will play host to a wonderful night of food, drinks, poetry, music, and comedy. Dinner will be provided by the delicious Syrian catering group Tayybeh. Tickets sales are now closed.

Confirmed performers include:


Clint Burnham teaches literature and creative writing at SFU. His books of poetry and fiction include Be Labour Reading (1997), Airborne Photo (1999), Buddyland (2000), Smoke Show (2005), Rental Van (2007), The Benjamin Sonnets (2009), Pound @ Guantánamo (2016), and Stories for my iPad: Vol. C (2016).

David Chariandy, novelist and critic, grew up in Toronto. His debut novel, Soucouyant received stunning reviews and nominations from 11 literary awards juries, including a Governer General’s Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. He lives and teaches in Vancouver.

Semi-professional bank robber turned semi-professional comedian, Mark Hughes uses his sardonic wit and fearless stage presence to share (and overshare) his perspective and life experiences – including the demons that sometimes still affect him to this day.

M’Girl is an ensemble of Indigenous women with a collective of stories and song the gifts received from Mother Earth. M’Girls’ percussive based Aboriginal hand drum songs blend harmonies into a contemporary style that reflects both their expertise of voice and their personal story of home. Led by Renae Morriseau, with vocal harmonies, their music reflects the personal journeys and cultural worldviews held respectfully by each M’Girl living within the urban world of the lower mainland of BC.

Amal Rana is a queer Pakistani poet and educator. In a time when even exhaling while being Muslim is considered a crime, she conjures poetry as an act of collective liberation. Her work has appeared in several publications and literary journals including the acclaimed anthology, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. Amal is a founding member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Vancouver and Breaking the Fast, an arts collective centering LGBTQ Muslims and Muslim women. Recently, she has initiated several collaborative projects envisioning liberatory futures for those on the margins. Find out more about Amal’s work

Antonette Rea was born in Vancouver and lived in the DTES working in the sex trade for many years, because, as a transgender woman, there were no job opportunities and few places to live. At that time, society’s extreme prejudice and blatant discrimination were everywhere, with no protection whatsoever. She is now an established poet, playwright, and actor. Her play, Miss Understood, was nominated for a Jessie award for Outstanding Script in 2016. The documentary, made in conjunction with her play simply called, Antonette, received 3 Leo awards including one for Best Documentary Short. Antonette, a natural story teller, loves to share her work via performance poetry. She is also a long standing member of Thursday’s Writing Collective from the DTES (Downtown Eastside).

Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken word artist and human rights activist based in London, UK. Her performance of poems like “We Teach Life, Sir” and “Shades of Anger” went viral within days of its relesase. Her live readings offer a moving blend of poetry and music. Since releasing her first album, Rafeef has headlined prestigious performance venues across several countries with powerful readings on war, exile, gender, and racism.