This Really Happened is back at the Blue Metropolis Literary festival with an evening of true stories on the theme: This isn’t what I signed up for.

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Join us on April 27th at 9 pm at Hotel 10 to hear stories from:

Francisco Goldman Francisco Goldman is the author of Say Her Name (2011), winner of the Prix Femina Etranger, and of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (2014) and three other award-winning novels and a nonfiction book. He has received a Cullman Center Fellowship, a Guggenheim, and a Berlin Prize, and is the 2017 winner of the Premio Metropolis Azul. His work has appeared The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and numerous other publications. Every year he teaches one semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and then hightails it back to Mexico City.

Sabawi_SamahSamah Sabawi is an award winning poet and playwright. Her play Tales Of A City By The Sea had a sold-out premiere season at La Mama in 2014, a sold out remount season in 2016, followed by a national Australian tour and an international season in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. Her poems have been featured in various publications including With Our Eyes Wide Open and Gaza Unsilenced. Her poetry anthology I Remember My Name won the 2016 Palestine Book Awards. Sabawi is a policy advisor for the Palestine policy network Al-Shabaka and a former director of the National Council on Canada Arab Relations. She is winner of the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards for Creative Artist of the year, and was recently named Cultural Ambassador for the Melbourne Theatre Company and Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Novakovich_JossipJosip Novakovich emigrated from Croatia to the United States at the age of 20. He has published a dozen books, including a novel, April Fool's Day, five story collections, three collections of narrative essays, and two books of practical criticism. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal.

Coleman_NishaNisha Coleman is a writer, actor, storyteller, and musician based in Montreal. Her solo show, Self-Exile, was featured at the Centaur Theatre for the 2017 Wildside Festival. Her memoir, Busker: Stories from the Streets of Paris, recounts her adventures living as a street musician in Paris. Her work has appeared on WireTap, PBS, MAtv, Risk!, and No More Radio. Nisha is a co-producer for Confabulation and a regular performer at storytelling events in Montreal and Toronto.

Gandell_JeffJeff Gandell is a Montreal writer, storyteller, actor, musician, and teacher. Jeff frequently tells true life stories at events such as Confabulation, Risk, and This Really Happened. He is the co-producer of Yarn, a monthly storytelling show at Le Cagibi in Montreal. He has written and performed in several one-man shows and plays, including The Balding, Danger Unit, and Atomic City. In summer 2017, he will be performing alongside Nisha Coleman in their storytelling show, Things Drugs Taught Me, at the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals.

Panko_MaggieMaggie Panko was fired from McDonald's and almost kicked out of the Army Reserves, but has been employed as a high school English teacher for 13 years. She's performed for The Violet Hour queer reading series and works with Verdun's Rainbow Umbrella LGBTQ+ Youth Initiative.




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