BWS 09.05.18: Karen Lee


Karen Lee is a Jamaican-Canadian, lyric-driven storyteller, devoted to social justice, reclaiming voice against tyrannies that silence.  With sound / dub / spoken word poetry and vocals, she sings journeys into indigenous memory to heal colonial injury; probe wound, challenge systems that deny African womyn-ness.  As a voiceover artist, vocalist and musician, her credits span live, session, theatre, film, TV, radio, commercials and new media, internationally and locally, including Jamaican-Creole, Japanese and English. Her works, Rewind My Selecta! and Naked are published in Black Girl Talk (Sister Vision Press), 1995 and Side Road Swamp / Side Road Swamp Poesia, Opus 8 No 2, FP Ubertelli, 2017.  For more information click here.


Karen Lee’s voice has taken her around Japan, to Ukraine, the US and this year, the Motherland! You may just hear notes and bars as she blends sound, melody, and poetry with traces of her native Jamaican-Creole.

To hear a sample of what might be coming our way when Karen’s visits us on May 9th, click here to see her perform Jailer, by Asa, followed by original dub poetry, Housekeeping, with Métis musician, Conlin Delbaere Sawchuk on electric guitar at AGO Friday Nights, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, curated by Lillian Allen.


Karen Lee visits Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in our new home, Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, at 6:30pm (PWYC) alongside Tyler Pennock, Kaleigh Trace, Ralph Kolewe, and guest speaker Maya Bedward who will tell us about, “Writing a Successful Grant Application.”


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