Readings, etc.

What Binds Us: Sex, Bondage, and Fetishes Panel
Growing Room Festival

March 3, 2018
School Creative, Vancouver, BC
A panel of readings and discussion with authors Amber Dawn, Kim Clark, Lydia Kwa, and Samantha Nock. Moderated by Sierra Skye Gemma.

Swoon
May 13, 2017
Trees Organic Café, Vancouver, BC
A Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). Hosted by Ruth Daniell and Sierra Skye Gemma. With Curtis LeBlanc, Chelsea Rooney, Rob Taylor, and others.

Launch Party
Growing Room Festival

March 8, 2017
The Fox Caberet, Vancouver, BC
Celebration of International Women’s Day and the launch of Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine and the Growing Room Festival. Hosted by Sierra Skye Gemma and Nav Nagra, with soulful pop group Sister Says.

Real Vancouver Writers Series
November 25, 2016
Anza Club, Vancouver, BC
A curated literary arts reading series celebrating Vancouver writers. Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and Sean Cranbury. Performed a piece of comedic nonfiction called “I Thought I Was Falling in Love with You, but I Guess It Was Just the Medication.” With Adrienne Gruber, Shaun Robinson, Gregory Scofield, and others.

Swoon
November 5, 2016
Trees Organic Café, Vancouver, BC
A Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). Hosted by Ruth Daniell and Sierra Skye Gemma. With Adrienne Gruber, Chelene Knight, Claire Matthews, and others.

The Storytelling Show 
September 11, 2016
100.5FM Vancouver Cooperative Radio station, Vancouver, BC
Interviewed by Host Chelsea Rooney regarding “My Sexual Education” in The Globe and Mail and about sexual assault, parenting, motherhood, and pornography. Listen to it here (starting at about 0:45 seconds).

Swoon
March 12, 2016
Trees Organic Café, Vancouver, BC
A Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). Hosted by Ruth Daniell and Sierra Skye Gemma. With Dina Del Bucchia, Christopher Evans, Jim Johnstone, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Daniel Zomparelli, and Laura Trethewey.

Swoon
November 15, 2015
Trees Organic Café, Vancouver, BC
A Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). Hosted by Ruth Daniell and Sierra Skye Gemma. With Francine Cunningham, Josh Massey, Maureen Medved, and others.

On the Coast with Stephen Quinn 
September 15, 2015
CBC Radio One, Vancouver, BC
Interview with Sierra Skye Gemma and Liam Lindley about sex education in BC schools, pornography, and parenting. Listen to it here.

PRISM ♥s Local Lit Mags
May 8, 2015
Lost + Found Café, Vancouver, BC
Hosted PRISM international‘s Spring Launch and celebration of the local Vancouver literary magazine scene, with guests Jordan Able, Russell Thornton, Clara Kumagai, Raoul Fernandes and others representing subTerrain, Room, Event, and Poetry is Dead magazines.

Swoon
April 25, 2015
Trees Organic Café, Vancouver, BC
A Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). Hosted by Ruth Daniell and Sierra Skye Gemma. Read an excerpt of “Love By the Numbers.” With Emily Wight, Matthew Walsh, Rhett Davis, Sheryda Warrener, and others.

Swoon
November 15, 2014
Trees Organic Café, Vancouver, BC
A Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). Hosted by Ruth Daniell and Sierra Skye Gemma. With Shannon Rayne, Andrea Routley, Janine Alyson Young, andrea bennett, and others.

Locution
September 11, 2014
Cottage Bistro, Vancouver, BC
A reading event in the UBC Creative Writing MFA reading series, which showcases the work of graduate students alongside established writers. Read an excerpt of “Generation XXX: Raising Boys in the Age of Internet Pornography.” With Clara Kumagai, Chris Evans, and comedian Charlie Demers.

Making the Most of Your MFA Panel
UBC Creative Writing Student Association

September 30, 2014
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Invited to speak on a panel with Jen Neale and Gorrman Lee; moderated by Adrick Brock.

CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize Award Ceremony
July 31, 2014
Kinnear Centre at The Banff Centre, Banff, AB
An evening of creative nonfiction announcing the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize and the work of the participants of The Banff Centre’s 2014 Literary Journalism Program. Read a short excerpt of “Generation XXX: Raising Boys in the Age of Internet Pornography.” With Ian Brown, Dakshana Bascaramurty, Peter Worden, Eve Joseph, Emrys Eller, Kelsey E. Kudak, and others.

Alphabet Soup
June 11, 2014
101.9 CiTR radio station, Vancouver, BC
Read an excerpt from “How to Come Out to Your Kids in Five Easy Steps” on a radio show featuring interviews with writers in the UBC Creative Writing Masters program. Hosted by Laura Trethewey, Matthew Walsh, and Sarah Higgins. Listen to it here (starting at about 6:25 minutes in).

Swoon
April 4, 2014
Cocoa Nymph, Vancouver, BC
Read an excerpt from “How to Come Out to Your Kids in Five Easy Steps” at Swoon, a Vancouver literary series on love and desire (and chocolate!). With Ruth Daniell, Jeffrey RickerGarth Martens, and others.

Locution
September 12, 2013
Cottage Bistro, Vancouver, BC
A reading event in the UBC Creative Writing MFA reading series, which showcases the work of graduate students alongside established writers. Read “Pacific Palace,” a short story that was long-listed in the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Story Contest. With Andrea Hoff and Adrick Brock.

Locution
April 11, 2013
Cottage Bistro, Vancouver, BC
A reading event in the UBC Creative Writing MFA reading series, which showcases the work of graduate students alongside established writers. Read an excerpt from “The Wrong Way” (from The New Quarterly, issue 124). With Gorrman Lee and Anosh Irani.

Wild Writers Festival
November 2 – 3, 2012
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, ON
Read an excerpt from “The Wrong Way” (from The New Quarterly, issue 124) at the festival’s opening event: “Rob Reid in conversation with Terry Fallis + winners of The New Quarterly‘s writing contests.” With Terry Fallis and Kate Timmers.

Liminality: a literary event celebrating the in-between
October 23, 2012
Cottage Bistro, Vancouver, BC
A reading event centered on the theme of liminality. Organized by Sierra Skye Gemma and hosted by Rebecca Hales. Read “The Devil’s in Her Mind.” With Charles-Adam Foster-Simard, Briana Brown, Beth Pond, L.A. Melnychuk, Rebecca Hales, Sugar le Fae, Josiah Neufeld, and Cathleen With.

Litany: Queer Writers Read
July 19, 2012
The Toast Collective, Vancouver, BC
A fundraising reading event to support local poet Leah Horlick’s tuition to attend the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, held in Los Angeles, California. Read an excerpt from “Spare Change.” With Adrienne Gruber, Leah Horlick, Amber Dawn, Sigal Samuel, Crystal Sikma, and Esther McPhee.

Grant Applications and Literary Magazine Submissions Panel
UBC Creative Writing 2012 Summer Writing Residency

July 10, 2012
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Invited to speak on a panel with Andrew Gray, Brian Brett, and Anna Ling Kaye; moderated by Susan Musgrave.

Locution
April 5, 2012
Project Space, Vancouver, BC
A reading event in the UBC Creative Writing MFA reading series, which showcases the work of graduate students alongside established writers. Read an excerpt from “Spare Change.” With Anna Ling Kaye, Kari Lund-Teigen, and Anakana Schofield.

Marathon Reading
March 7, 2012
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
A marathon reading event organized by UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies and the Department of Creative Writing. Read “I Gave Birth to a Tumor in a Bathroom Stall—A True Story.” With Leah Horlick, Jordan Abel, and many other MFA candidates.

Navigating the Labyrinth: History, Philosophy, and Politics Undergraduate Conference
January 15–18, 2009
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
Presented “Breast is Best: Religious, Magical, and Pharmacological Lactation Remedies in England, 950–1550” at an undergraduate conference.

Medieval Studies Student Conference
March 8, 2008
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Presented “Recipes for Health: Magical, Religious, and Herbal Remedies for Female Ailments in Medieval England.”

Sierra Skye Gemma Liminality Reading

Sierra Skye Gemma reading “The Devil’s in Her Mind” at Liminality: a literary event celebrating the in-between, a reading that she organized. October 23, 2012.