For Pride x Indigenous History Month we’re reading “it was never going to be okay” by highly acclaimed, award winning author, jaye simpson
We are offering 40 Indigenous youth (aged 18-29) a free copy of the book (sign up at link in our bio)! Take your time reading the poems throughout the month of June and then we’ll meet during the first week of July for the book club chat and an author talk.

Attendees will receive the book in their preferred format: audio book, ebook or physical format. Space is limited to 40 participants.

When: Wednesday July 3rd from 4-6 pm ET on Zoom.
Where: Online. Register to receive the Zoom link.

About the Book:
CW: 2SMMIWG+, Colonial violence, Trans-Misogyny, sex
it was never going to be okay is a collection of poetry and prose exploring the intimacies of understanding intergenerational trauma, Indigeneity and queerness, while addressing urban Indigenous diaspora and breaking down the limitations of sexual understanding as a trans woman. As a way to move from the linear timeline of healing and coming to terms with how trauma does not exist in subsequent happenings, it was never going to be okay tries to break down years of silence in simpson’s debut collection of poetry.”

About the Author:

jaye simpson (she/they) is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. simpson is a writer, advocate, and activist sharing their knowledge and lived experiences in hopes of creating utopia. Their first poetry collection, it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Editions, 2021) was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award and Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize and won the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry in English.




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