In this episode, Kingston raised spoken word poet Britta B. talks to Qanita Lilla about navigating a White world while growing up Black. Writing and performing was a necessary part of surviving the world Britta found herself in. She talks about the people and networks who helped her to hone her powerful voice and how her current work that focuses on issues of social justice motivates younger poets to find and express their own creativity.
Meet our guest:
Britta B. is an award-winning artist, poet, voice actor, and educator. In 2021, she won the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and was named COCA Lecturer of the Year. Britta holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is currently working toward her debut collection of poetry. She lives in Toronto with her husband and dog.
Find Britta B. online: http://brittab.com/
With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022. Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://bit.ly/3hg85ix
Episode Transcript: https://bit.ly/3tuSeSk
The podcast is hosted by Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM.
Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.