Vancouver launch + an interview

The Rusty Toque (a great online literary journal) interviewed me about my writing process. You can read the interview here. Details about the Montreal and Toronto launches are below the interview.

My new book, a collection of prose poems entitled The things I heard about you, will be launched in Vancouver in a couple weeks.


Thursday Oct 9th
Pulp Fiction (2422 Main Street)
Doors 7, Readings 7:30
Launch of ‘The things I heard about you’ by Alex Leslie
With readings by Rita Wong and lee williams boudakian
Facebook Event

This event is taking place on the unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

About lee and Rita:

Rita Wong lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories otherwise known as Vancouver, BC, where her work investigates the relationships between the poetics of water, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. She is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007, awarded the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as the Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement; The Enpipe Line; Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry; Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics; The Harbrace Anthology of Poetry; Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literature; Canadian Literature in English, and more. Her forthcoming book of poems is entitled undercurrent.

lee williams boudakian is a queer gender diverse mixie currently based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. they are cultivating a practice that includes interdisciplinary art-making, writing, performing, community organizing and facilitating arts-based workshops. their work explores intersectional identities and social justice – seeking to share un(der)represented stories of survival and make visible systemic oppressions that impact daily life, relationships, and bodies. lee is currently working on their second play entitled Dear Armen, an interactive-theatre experience integrating a blend of traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, monologue and live music. Co-created with Saboteur Productions, Dear Armen tells the story of Garo, a genderqueer Armenian who is studying and inspired by the life and work of Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and survivor of the early 20th-century anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku. As Garo grapples with the discrepancies between Ohanian’s biography and memoirs, they are forced to confront memories from the past, unraveling experiences around gender, sexuality, ethnicity, family, and the role of the artist. The show will tour Vancouver, San Francisco, Oakland, & LA in the fall of 2014. For more info visit:

Accessibility info:

The doorway to Pulp Fiction has no step and is wheelchair accessible. There is a washroom that is quite small. Accessible washrooms nearby: the Mount Pleasant Community Centre is just around the corner at Kingsway & Main and is open until 10 PM; washrooms there are fully accessible. Also nearby is Our Town on Broadway at Kingsway; the washrooms there are accessible and there is a ramp entrance to Our Town from Broadway & Kingsway entrance. You can plan for the readings lasting from approx 7:30 to approx 9 give or take a bit. There will be limited seating (chairs are hard-backed, wood chairs with no arm rests) and if you require a seat for any reason please let me know and I’ll reserve a seat with the name you provide. If there’s any additional info you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me at It’s important to me that this event is as accessible as possible.



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