Langley poet, playwright among KPU symposium panelists

Gathering examines the challenges and rewards of using print and film to tell the truth

In a world saturated by reality TV and tabloid news, it has become increasingly difficult to negotiate what we perceive as truth.

With that in mind, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s creative writing, journalism and communications studies departments have invited renowned Canadian writers, artists, journalists and filmmakers to examine the challenges and rewards of using print and film to tell the truth.

Truth Be Told is a free one-day educational symposium that will feature discussions about truth at the personal, familial, community, national and global levels.

The keynote address will be given by the award-winning author of Eating Dirt, Charlotte Gill (Sunshine Coast). Panelists include: the Chilean-Canadian author, poet and political activist, Carmen Rodriguez (Vancouver); award-winning writer and former director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Amber Dawn (Vancouver) (How Poetry Saved My Life),and; Kwantlen First Nation poet and playwright, Joseph A. Dandurand (Langley).

KPU invites the local community to join its students, instructors and staff for a day of discussion, engagement and learning.

Truth Be Told symposium

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Surrey Conference Room, Cedar Building, KPU Surrey (12666 72 Ave.) 
INFO: Free admission. For more information, contact Billeh Nickerson, chair of KPU’s creative writing department.