Ask & Answer

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Ask & Answer

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Three-time Lambda Literary Finalist Vivek Shraya, recently returned from tour with Tegan and Sara, joins award-winning filmmaker and Lambda Literary Finalist Chase Joynt to bring what is often a private conversation about gender, race, and transition and share it with the broader public in a thoughtful and provocative exchange.

  • DATE: Friday, April 7
  • DOORS: 7:00pm
  • TICKETS: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 
  • ADDRESS: 600 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101

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VIVEK SHRAYA is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first book of poetry, even this page is white, is longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads and was listed as one of the Best Books of 2016 by The Walrus. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was featured on the National Post Bestseller List. Vivek has read and performed inter­nationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached.

Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction.

Read more about Vivek here


CHASE JOYNT is an internationally award winning filmmaker and writer. His latest two films Genderize and Between You and Me are now streaming live online with CBC Digital Docs. His first book, You Only Live Twice (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom) was published by Coach House Books and just named one of the Best Books of 2016 by The Globe and Mail and CBC. His second book, The Importance of Being Agnes(co-authored with Kristen Schilt) is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Chase is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. 

Read more about Chase here


The Globe 100: Best Books of 2016
CBC Arts: Best Books of 2016

Jury Award, Regent Park Film Festival. Toronto, Ontario. 2012.
EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Inside Out Film and Video Festival. Toronto, Ontario. 2012.

Best Short Film, El Lugar Sin Límites. Quito, Ecuador. 2011.
Jury Award for Best Documentary, Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Bangalore, India. 2011.

STEALTH (with Alexis Mitchell)
Media Arts Grant, $20,000. Canada Council for the Arts. 2012.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago. 2016-2018. 
Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University. 2015-2016.
Mellon Residential Fellowship in Arts Practice & Scholarship, University of Chicago. 2013-2014.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. 2013-2015.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 2012-2013.
York University Graduate Scholarship. 2011-2012.
Margaret R Award, York University Graduate Program in Women's Studies. 2010-2011.
Al Aubin UCLA LGBT Student Service and Achievement Award. 2004.
UCLA Women for Change Leadership Award. 2004.