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Cecily Nicholson has worked with women of the Downtown Eastside community of Vancouver since 2000, in recent years as a coordinator of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. She has collaborated with the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada of Thompson Rivers University, the Audain Gallery of Simon Fraser University, and VIVO Media Arts. She is a part of the No One is Illegal Vancouver and press release collectives and the Purple Thistle Institute. Triage (Talonbooks, 2011) is her first book.
November 2012 : A Process of Unforgetting
May 2012 : An Evening with Lawrence Hill in Chatham
December 2011 : Cecily Nicholson at Play Chthonics
December 2011 : Talonbooks Presents Karl and Christy Siegler's Farewell Bash
April 2011 : Cecily Nicholson at the Anza Club
April 2011 : Weather-Permitting, Poetry is in Bloom in BC!
March 2011 : The Road Forward For Marie Clements and Kevin Loring
QUOTES OF NOTETriage
"anything can happen in the space that Cecily Nicholson opens in triage: disasters, miracles, resistance and arpillera right before your eyes. urgent, broken, and indomitable, this book invites us to restructure our systems of perception so that we can see and acknowledge what is otherwise overlooked, devalued, deliberately forgotten. in the face of contemporary crisis, this is a poetry that is merciless in its courage and generosity, steadfast in its spaciousness and precision. this is the heart of
vancouver, beating bravely in the tent village, attesting to daily poverty, daily ingenuity, refusing to be distracted by imperial delirium."
“Triage ‘terrible mischief’ or ‘hors de combat’ po-ethics precede a city stroll shift shank into political ‘tarbaby cosmetic’ tango. so there is relentless resistant vision visit of ‘heartless ecology’ that ‘suck city’ is. Cecily Nicholson’s playful precision poetry will get you off that ‘fiscal sofa’ urbanal sprawl right into ‘morning after Vancouver’ impact passionate ‘breastbone attitude.’ right on! ‘arrest this system’!"
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program; and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.