Writing From Vancouver's Downtown EastsideBook - 2012
Finalist, City of Vancouver Book Award
"V6A" is the postal prefix for what is often described as "the poorest neighbourhood in Canada"―Vancouver'sDowntown Eastside (DTES). Statistics about the area depict conditions related to crime, drugs, sex work, and poverty that overshadow another reality based on self determination.
The anthology V6A refracts the experience of thirty-two writers, emerging and established, who have been a part of the DTES community in some way. Their prose, poetry, and essays reappropriate the coding of the areaand recast the DTES as a site of creative energy and human dignity.Cathleen With ( Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison ) writes about the area's street kids. Michael Turner ( Hard Core Logo ) recalls years living in an apartment on PowellStreet. Madeleine Thien ( Certainty ) examines the effectof the neighbourhood on her family's dynamic and its role in her development as a writer. Wayde Compton( After Canaan ) writes about Hogan's Alley and the historyof Vancouver's black community. Other pieces explore the sex trade and the Missing Women of the DTES, theculture of Chinatown and other ethnic communities, and the simple, human truths around poverty, kinship,forgiveness, and faith, and remind us that expression flourishes regardless of barriers.
Includes a preface by writer Gary Geddes. Partial proceeds from the sale of this book will fund ThursdaysWriting Collective, a program for DTES writers directed by co-editor Elee Kraljii Gardiner.