Poly Queer Love Ballad creators to discuss love and art at Valentine's weekend event

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      Here’s something for women attracted to women—and anyone who enjoys slam poetry, musicals, and theatre—on the Valentine’s long weekend.

      Poly Queer Love Ballad writer-creators Anais West and Sara Vickruck will join historian Elise Chernier from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday (February 16) at the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (ALOT) at SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street) for the February edition of the monthly event Lesbian Lives Live.

      West and Vickruck will participate in a discussion about how to make art about relationships, love, intimacy, and sex and the genesis of Poly Queer Love Ballad.

      The slam-poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad impressed Georgia Straight theatre reviewer Kathleen Oliver at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival (“Go see this and make it the hit it deserves to be”). It collected two awards at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival awards night (Volunteer Choice Award and the Georgia Straight Critics' Pick Award), and the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize. 

      The play follows a polyamorous bisexual poet and a monogamous lesbian songwriter as they attempt to balance their attraction to each other with their differing views on love, amid a mix of pop-folk tunes and poetry. 

      Lesbian Lives Live focuses on local lesbians who have made impacts on the community while ALOT digitizes oral histories of women with same-sex attractions.    

      The event is by donation and attendees can register online.

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