Cicely Belle Blain

Voices / Voix Podcast: Episode 3

Cicely Belle Blain, and Aaronsaul Negre and Mia Luz Nedellec with the Voices Podcast logo

Voices Podcast brings you a new English episode!

Voices Podcast (or Voix Podcast) is a bilingual podcast from Arc Poetry Magazine and Poetry In Voice / les Voix de la poésie. The first season will have 4 English episodes, 2 French episodes and 1 bilingual episode.

Voices Podcast (or Voix Podcast) or est un balado bilingue né d’une collaboration entre Arc Poetry Magazine et les Voix de la poésie / Poetry In Voice. Cette première saison comprendra quatre épisodes en anglais, deux en français et un bilingue.

Artist and activist Cicely Belle Blain joins Meagan Black in this episode to talk about the poem “Dear Diaspora Child” with two Poetry in Voice semifinalists: Aaronsaul Negre and Mia Luz Nedellec. 

“Dear Diaspora Child” is a poem from Blain’ debut poetry collection Burning Sugar, from Vivek Shraya’s VS. Books (which is an imprint of Arsenal Pulp Press).

This is an English episode and is Episode 3 of Voices / Voix Podcast.

L’épisode 3 du podcast Voices / Voix Podcast est en anglaise.


Cicely Belle Blain in a purple top, holding their book and standing in front of grey bricks; credit to Joy Gyamfi

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK, now based in Vancouver. They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine in 2018 and again in 2020, BC Business’s 30 under 30 and one of Refinery29’s Powerhouses.  Cicely Belle is the CEO of Bakau Consulting, the Editorial Director of Ripple of Change Magazine, and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).  Burning Sugar was shortlisted for the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. They also instruct Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and serve on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation. [from the author’s website]

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