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An introduction to Letters Lived

November 15th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

In the coming weeks, we will be featuring cross-posted and original content from, about and inspired by this special book, edited by our very own editorial and art director, Sheila Sampath. Read on!

With thanks to Sarah Wayne, Three O’Clock Press

What is Letters Lived?

Letters Lived: Radical reflections, revolutionary paths is a brand new collection of awesome women and trans activists sharing letters they’ve written to their teen selves. With honesty and humour, their letters go beyond crushes and homework to tackle tough subjects that impact the lives of youth: racism and colonization, gender and sexual identity, challenging the limitations of our assigned families, creating chosen families of our own.

Letters Lived emphasizes the importance of intergenerational learning, honouring our experiences, and loving ourselves as we make mistakes, grow and change. For more information on the book and its contributors, please visit:

And we’d love for you join us at our Toronto launch party on November 26th!

The party will include Letters Lived contributors Rae Spoon, Coco Guzman, Elisha Lim, Kit Wilson-Yang and editor Sheila Sampath (and some special performances!), as well as local youth sharing letters they have written to their adult selves and an interactive letter writing station where guests can share their own radical reflections.

November 26, 7-10pm Centre for Social Innovation-Annex 720 Bathurst St. (South of Bloor)

Launch Party Accessibility info: -The CSI Annex space is accessible for mobility devices. -All of the restrooms are gender-neutral, single stall washrooms, including the mobility-device accessible washroom. -Though CSI Annex does not have a fragrance-free policy in place during their normal hours of operation, we ask that all of our guests come to this event scent-free. There will be a designated fragrance-free seating area within the event. -We are currently confirming ASL interpretation for the event and will update this info as soon as it is confirmed. -Though childcare will not be provided, this is a family-friendly event and space, and people of all ages are welcome. RSVP on Facebook:

One more thing! There are still spots available for Toronto youth in our zine workshop on Tuesday, November 26th. The workshop will be facilitated by Letters Lived editor [and Shameless editorial and art director!] Sheila Sampath, and will focus on youth writing letters to their future selves. If you or someone you know would like to participate, or for further information, please contact: The workshop is free of charge, and meals and TTC tokens will be provided for participating youth. The workshop is open to all female- and trans-identified youth.

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