Writers on diversity

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-2014 Diversity Writing Contest. The awards—for creative writing on themes related to equity, diversity and inclusion—were presented on Jan. 30 at First Peoples House, during the opening reception of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum: Arts, Allies and Activism.

Second-year humanities student Kanika Jackson performed her first-place spoken word piece, Saving Yourself. Videos of Jackson’s entry and Ego Between His Legs by second-place artist Jasmindra Jawanda are available on the University Libraries website.

Jody Collins, master’s student in dispute resolution, performed her first-place story (fiction category) And This is Haven. Sonia Manak (Grandmother: The Forgotten Voice) and Andy Stuart (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) tied for second. Business student Leat Ahrony read her winning entry in the personal narrative category, Please Don’t Categorize My Multiculturalism, while Emily Collis took second place for Shayla and I.

In the poetry category, Master of Laws student Michelle Zakrison performed her piece Why I’ll #Idlenomore. Frances Woodcock placed second for Heart and Bone. Lara Wilson, Director, Special Collections and University Archivist, presented the awards on behalf of University Libraries.

Winners were awarded cash prizes and were invited to attend a writing workshop with author and conference keynote speaker Denise Chong.

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Keywords: writing, diversity, award

People: Kanika Jackson, Jasmindra Jawanda, Jody Collins, Sonia Manak, Andy Stuart, Leat Ahrony, Emily Collis, Michelle Zakrison, Frances Woodcock, Lara Wilson, Denise Chong

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