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Step Into the Process (Part 4 of 5): Coral Santana

Tamar Tabori – October 16, 2020

Coral Santana is an Afro-Latina writer, producer, and activist born in the Dominican Republic, currently located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. She is a 4th-year student at UBC, majoring in Film Studies with a minor in Creative Writing.

In her work, Coral explores her mixed heritage and how colonialism has shaped her perception of the self. Her writing is infused with memories from her childhood and how unlearning and relearning her history continues to shape her.

Get to see some behind the scenes of Coral’s BC Culture Days events, and how her work as an avid advocate for gender, sex and sexuality empowerment comes through her work. This video features an intimate interview with Coral’s mentor Carmen Rodríguez, who is a Chilean-Canadian author, poet, educator, and political social activist. The two dive into what the act of writing is, and what defines and inspires their writing styles.

Be sure to check out past recordings and upcoming events happening as part of Coral’s festival ARTIVISM: SEX + The UNHEARD.

This mentorship was made possible by CSARN. CSARN is the voice of Canada’s senior artists, and encourages the ongoing contributions made to Canadian life by these seasoned, diverse, and resilient artists.