Therese Estacion is part of the Visayan diaspora community. She is an elementary school teacher and is studying to be a psychotherapist. Therese is also a bilateral below knee and partial hands amputee, and identifies as a disabled person/person with a disability. Therese lives in Toronto. Her poems have been published in CV2 and PANK Magazine. Phantompains is her first book.
The virtual launch of my book Phantompains, was released by Book*hug press in March. My friend Melissa Comeau, a singer/songwriter from Nova Scotia, joined me to provide music and support. Her voice and songs have an uncanny way of making me cry. It’s probably because she is able to express vulnerability in a palpable way. Something that is difficult for me to do in my everyday life.
That night, Tamara Berger, author of Maidenhead and Queen Solomon, also joined me as the interviewer. Really, she was more than just an interviewer. She was the captain that helped steer the conversation through the difficult emotions my work evoked. It was an honour to have her there.
Lastly, I am grateful to my publishers, Hazel and Jay, for organizing the event and for all of their support. The night was a celebratory moment in my journey. I hope you enjoy the video.
Therese Estacion visits Brockton Writers Series via ephemera series on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 starting at 6:30pm alongside Elizabeth Hirst, Ryanne Kap, and Waubgeshig Rice. Our guest speaker Tricia Fish, best known for her debut comedy feature inspired by her youth in Cape Breton – “New Waterford Girl,” talks us through, “Screenwriting versus Prose”.
Special note: As we adapt to current social distancing regulations, we’re happy to announce our event will be hosted by the wonderful ephemera series! They have already done their show online multiple times, so we are thrilled to benefit from their technical expertise, while also increasing collaboration within the literary community and growing connections between organizers, authors, and audience. You can attend the event by watching on the ephemera series YouTube channel. Please log in at 6:30.