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A Fate Worse Than Death by Nisha Patel

Vancouver, BC

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Digital & new media

Film & video


Poetry & spoken word

Writing & literature

A Fate Worse Than Death is a multimodal poetry exploration of disabled life. Often met with the refrain that one would “rather be dead” than disabled, this series of poems instead asks the audience to question what they believe the disabled future holds – and the grief and joy that exist together in it. Written and scored by Nisha Patel, A Fate Worse Than Death is also the poet’s first foray into new media work that expands the bounds of a where spoken word belongs. Premiering October 9 at 5pm PT.

Sun 09 Oct
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Poetry Lab

This event is free.

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Poetry Lab

Poetry Lab is a creative incubator for spoken word artists and art professionals. We, we are focused on cultivating accessible, virtual stages through which Canada’s most innovative and powerful voices can share multidimensional interpretations of their work, process, and community. Poetry Lab is working on a wide variety of exciting projects including our work with the inaugural cohort of the Poetry Lab Incubator. The 2022 cohort includes World Poetry Slam champion Ian Keteku, beloved performance artist Janice Jo Lee, former Edmonton Poet Laureate Nisha Patel, multi-award-winning artist Zoey Roy, and acclaimed poet and author Brandon Wint. Alongside these individuals’ unique program releases, Poetry Lab will also release interviews and live performances from other slam poetry artists throughout October. From interviews on creative process to experimental audio-visual collages and spoken word short films and cinepoems, Poetry Lab’s 2022 cohort digs deep and inspires, opening up a world of spoken word which will appeal to poetry readers, performance art fans, and anyone connected to creative processes. Spoken word is an art form that often exists in obscurity—in pockets of community that often must be discovered for one’s self. Poetry Lab seeks to provide a global, enriching stage for spoken word to be celebrated, while inviting more communities to experience artists and their art for the first time. Poetry lab is accessible for all in a post-pandemic world: it is 100% virtual and free. We are grateful for the support of Vancouver Poetry House and the Canada Council for the Arts in bringing this project to life.