Introducing d.talks + Esker Writers in Residence Program

Meet the two writers in residence at Esker Foundation, in partnership with d.talks.

This residency and publishing opportunity at Esker is focused on a response to the current exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting curated by Cheryl Sim, and organized by the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal. The residency jury has selected two writers to develop independent responses to the exhibition. The two writers in residence are: Sue-Shane Tsomondo and Suzanne Chew.

Sue-Shane Tsomondo is a poet, educator, book curator and the creator of Sue’s Stokvel, a Calgary-based literary arts platform. Sue’s Stokvel highlights the work of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) writers. She has previously performed for Woolfs’ Voices and Single Onion. In 2020, Sue-Shane appeared on the cover of the Calgary Journal. Sue-Shane has also been featured in Arts CommonsAvenue Magazine, The Calgarian podcastIn Rehearsal podcast and the Artful Conversations podcast. In 2021, Sue-Shane (Sue’s Stokvel) partnered with Humainologie to create The Khumbul’ekhaya project + workshop for Empathy Week.

Suzanne Chew is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary, researching environmental decision-making that strengthens the marginalized voice. She focuses on inclusive participation and communication, and is learning from Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic. Suzanne is passionate about storytelling, climate change, and mental health advocacy. She has translated her academic research into award-winning poetry and published stories with Short Édition at the Calgary Public Library and antilang.

Suzanne has over 7 years’ experience working in the private and non-profit climate sector, previously serving as the Director at the international non-profit Nexus, focused on low-carbon, poverty-alleviation programmes in Asia and Africa, and as Regional Manager at Tradition Green in London, focused on financing global low-carbon projects. Suzanne completed her undergraduate degree in Physics at Imperial College London, and has a Masters in Environmental Technology, majoring in Environmental Economics.