art beauty canadian events launch new poet poetry splendid very


On this, the last evening of Filipino Heritage Month 2020, SHIRLEY CAMIA graces us with her new short, NOVENA.

Poet/Director SHIRLEY CAMIA on NOVENA: This short film, inspired by videos created by Filipinx artists of the diaspora who integrate their cultural heritage into their work, transforms one of my written poems into a multimedia artistic collaboration, incorporating elements of music, voice and motion design. The poem I have selected to adapt is titled, Novena, from my latest collection of poetry, Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019). I chose this poem because it addresses grief, and provides a timely meditation in a challenging and uncertain time, where there is a collective grieving taking place around the world and people are searching for forms of healing. 

Participants in Novena include a number of members of the Philippine diaspora, including Kat Estacio from Canada’s first and only all-women Filipina kulintang group, Pantayo, April Aliermo, from Hooded Fang and Phèdre, and my aunts, who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s.

By Kirby

Poet. Book Fairy. Publisher knife | fork | book

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.