Collaboratory for Black Poiēsis Launch

When and Where

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Room 307
Bissell Building, Faculty of Information
140 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G6


We're thrilled to welcome you to the inaugural gathering for The Collaboratory for Black Poiēsis (CBP). Over food and music, learn more about what we're working on this year, and beyond, and join us in an act of listening collectively as we craft community liner notes. Join us!


Ours is a space where we (transnational cultural workers, educators, researchers, activists, and system-impacted community members) think collaboratively and respond creatively in loving concern for the genre-defying performance of Black life and other inventions.

We privilege the multiplicity of traditions inaugurated by black poiēsis and we make (ourselves) monuments to its aesthetic possibility as at least one thing that we might cultivate with precision and care.

We embrace our roles as makers and maintainers on the path to enact change, to transform our studies, and to relish liberatory practices and ideas about where we've been as we (re)imagine where and who we might want to be, together.


This gathering is being held on the traditional lands and waters of the Petun and Huron-Wendat Peoples, the Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee Confederacies, and most recently the Mississaugas of the Credit River, as well as many other Indigenous nations.

We are committed to nurturing an anti-oppressive and accessible space in principled relation to the stewards of this land and to all our Collaborators. Masks will be made available and additional HEPA filters present. Please don't hesitate to email to indicate any dietary needs, accessibility needs and/or any questions you may have prior this event.



The Collaboratory for Black Poiēsis


140 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G6