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Occurs on Saturday April 15 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Studio Theatre Reserved
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 2J3

Event Notes

× A Classic Buster Keaton Double Feature! Show Description:

The first half of the show, poet Onjana Yawnghwe and novelist Hazel Jane Plante will discuss Keaton’s biography, his aesthetics and how his films have inspired their own writing projects. Both will read from previously published works and works in progress.

15 Minute Intermission

A screening of 2 Buster Keaton Films- The Ballonatic (1923) and Sherlock Jr. (1924) with live improvised music by Roisin Adams (piano) and Barry Mirochnick. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Onjana Yawnghwe was born in Thailand but is a part of the Shan people from Burma. She grew up in Vancouver, and received a MA in English literature. Her poems have been featured in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, 4 Poets, CV2, Room, and The New Quarterly. She was awarded Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Literary Artist in 2012, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award in 2018. Onjana produced a hand-made chapbook with JackPine Press called The Imaginary Lives of Buster Keaton. She was a co-founder of Fish Magic Press, a micro press specializing in limited-run, hand-made chapbooks, and was a co-editor of Xerography, a little literary journal. Her first poetry book, Fragments, Desire, was published by Oolichan Books in 2017. Her second book of poetry, The Small Way was published with Caitlin Press in 2018 and was nominated for the 2019 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is currently working on a graphic novel about her family set in Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, and Canada.


Hazel Jane Plante is a librarian, musician, and writer. Her debut novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) (Metonymy Press, 2019) received a Lambda Literary award and was a finalist for both a Publishing Triangle Award and a BC and Yukon Book Prize. Her second novel, Any Other City, is forthcoming in April 2023 from Arsenal Pulp Press. She releases solo music under the name lo-fi lioness, hosted a podcast about writing while trans called t4t, and lives with her gorgeous cat, Gus, on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ Nations.


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