I am a Brazilian-Canadian poet, curator, and facilitator
dedicated to using the tools of creative writing and storytelling
as catalysts for social change and climate action.

What do I facilitate?

From K-12 students to senior citizens, I facilitate groups of all ages to develop personal voice, write with honesty, engage with literature, and share stories, opinions, and ideas with public audiences---on stage, on the page, and in public spaces.

 

"Alyssa exudes warmth and excitement as an educator. Alongside the students she learns with and from, she generates a safe container for imagination to flow. She makes poetry more accessible, and for that reason, everyone leaves feeling a little bit more curious."

 

—Heather Prost, Head Facilitator & Regional Lead Western Canada at DAREarts

Publications

 

Literature Pop-Ups

In Public Spaces

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[Unprecedented Title]

 

Twenty copies of the [Unprecedented Title] manuscript have been placed in park spaces and neighbourhood libraries across Vancouver, Canada. Readers who stumble across a copy will find instructions on how to add their own pandemic reflections to this neighbourhood-based storytelling project.

February, 2022

Car Free Festival

Poetry at Trout Lake

 

An audio tour as part of the 2021 Car Free Vancouver Festival, which encourages Vancouver residents to explore the neighbourhood of East Van by walking and listening to stories. My portion of the audio tour invites audiences to connect to the land through observational poetry.

September, 2021

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An overhead image of a ground mural.

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ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ (Our Memories)
ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ (Our Memories)

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ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ (Our Memories)
ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ (Our Memories)

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ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ:

Our Memories

 

A ground mural reflecting the written and oral stories shared by ten storytellers—Darshan Sangha, Harjinder Grewal, Harvinder Aulakh, Kanta Kalia, Kulwant Shoker, Manjit Jugpal, Paramjit Kalkat, Ravinder Hundal, Shanti Devi Toor, and Suminder Gill—as part of a creative writing and oral storytelling project at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre.

Project Co-Developed with Muralist 

Sandeep Johal

June, 2021

A Poetic Landscape
A Poetic Landscape

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A Poetic Landscape
A Poetic Landscape

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A Poetic Landscape

 

A reflective and participatory poetry installation at Library Park (UBC) as part of BC Culture Days (Vancouver, BC)

September, 2019

 

All the While, We Melt

All the While, We Melt” is a collection of poetry in development that will employ an eco-feminist lens to address topics relating to environmental degradation in the Canadian Arctic.

Poetry is a way of witnessing the other—in this case, our non-human relatives. To achieve this, my intention with this body of work is to personify elements of Arctic regions—her eroding soil, her sharp cliffs, her unpredictable volcanoes—in order to connect readers to these entities in an intimate way. By learning from these perspectives, my hope is that readers will develop a new way of connecting to these remote and vulnerable ecosystems.

In development: 2022-2023

Release Date: Early 2024

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