BURN OUT #019: FT. VIVEK SHRAYA

"So much of my work, especially as I move forward, has been thinking about lateral violence or how we buy into white supremacy in the ways that we don't know how to support each other." โ€” Vivek Shraya


Season finale chat with Vivek Shraya, a writer and multi-disciplinary artist from Edmonton who spent a number of years in Toronto and recently returned to Alberta to teach at the University of Calgary. I caught Vivek when she was in Toronto to premiere her recent solo stage show, How To Fail As A Pop Star, a deeply honest account of the dream that didn't come true. Vivek's best-known book might be 2018's I'm Afraid Of Men, but she also has a new book out called The Subtweet, that's about a fierce and ~very online~ friendship between two brown girls who love music. It's funny โ€” we ran out of time talking about the play and failure and Vivek's shift from Toronto to Calgary life, so we didn't explicitly talk about the book but I think our chat ends up riffing on the themes and dynamics that play out in The Subtweet. A frank conversation from a Canlit darling, with just enough sweetness that I hope will hold you over until we meet again.


Vivek: vivekshraya.com

Theme song: "Dark Beings" by LAL

Original music provided by Jahmal Padmore


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