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An Evening with Cúagilákv Jessie Housty: Author, Activist and Curator of Thistalalh Library

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join us for an intimate evening and a spirited conversation on Wednesday, Nov. 8 with Jess Housty, a rising literary star and bad-ass activist, mother, organiser, community gardener, land-based educator, librarian and author of a brilliant new book of poems, Crushed Wild Mint (Nightwood Editions).

Hear about a unique partnership between Upstart & Crow and Thistalalh Library, in which our customers donate funds that we use to buy books for Jess’s wonderful library in Bella Bella, in the heart of Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) territory on the remote central coast of B.C.

In conversation with Upstart co-founder Ian Gill, Jess will also talk about activism, conservation, the brilliant non-profit education initiative Qqs Projects Society — plus the small matter of attempting to turn philanthropy on its head.

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Jess will read from their new book, sharing revealing poems honouring ancestral wisdom, love (and other emotions), transformation, and the hard work of living — all rooted in lives lived on Haíɫzaqv lands and waters.

We’re delighted to raise awareness about Jess and their work and we hope to raise money too — for Qqs, for the library, and for our own non-profit literary arts society. And we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has already helped make Qqs and Upstart a couple of B.C. success stories.

So come join us for a night of passion, politics, poetry and philanthropy! 

Prepare to be entertained, informed and challenged. That’s what we strive for at Upstart & Crow.

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Crushed Wild Mint

“When the mountains of your territory are your ancestors, you paint the landscapes as Jess Housty does in this evocative, powerful collection of poetry: in the language of ceremony as taut as the inner surface of a mussel shell when the meat is stripped away. Housty’s hyperlocality is precise medicine, an expansive, generous meditation on the mutual care of mountains, the forgiving veins of rivers, all the liminal territories and beings soaked in the verdant magic of the Pacific Northwest coast.” — Eden Robinson
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