East&West Dialogue | Umbilical cords: Canadian Ties to Two Bengals

In our East&West Dialogues, guest speakers of different heritages volunteer their time and expertise to share life experiences, thoughts, and concerns with audience, and have a dialogue with them.

In this session, through poetry and conversation, Ayesha Chatterjee and Laboni Islam, two Bengali- Canadian writers will explore their roots in West Bengal (in modern-day India) and East Bengal (modern-day Bangladesh).  They will share stories and perspectives on generational differences, culture, language, and language learning. 
Time: Friday October 27, 2023 at 7:30 – 9 P.M. (Eastern Time)
Free English online event, translation captions of other languages available.
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Guest Speaker Bios: 
Born and raised in India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in five countries on three continents.  She is the author of the poetry collections The Clarity of Distance and Bottles and Bones. Her poems have appeared in The Moth (Ireland), Magma Poetry (UK), Exile Literary Quarterly (Canada), The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and elsewhere, and been translated into several languages. Chatterjee is a past president of the League of Canadian Poets. She lives in Toronto.
You can find Ayesha on her Instagram handle @ayeshachatterjeepoet

Picture of Ayesha(Photo courtesy by Neda Nevaee)

Laboni Islam was born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents. Her poem “Lunar Landing, 1966” was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2017). She is the author of the chapbooks Light Years (Baseline Press, 2022) and Trimming the Wick (ignitionpress, 2023). Laboni serves as an arts educator in gallery and community spaces and creates curriculum resources for organizations that advance the Global Goals.
For more information of Laboni, please visit https://www.laboniislam.ca
Picture of Laboni

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