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Reading the River: Session 2

Joy Xiang and Julien Gordon

July 27, 2019
Port Credit Memorial Arena, 40 Stavebank Rd, Mississauga, ON


The second Reading the River session will begin at the Port Credit Memorial Arena, where we will walk along the riverbank through Port Credit Memorial Park to gather for a reading and discussion with Joy Xiang. Participants will discuss Xiang’s text “This, Too, Will Contaminate” from Issue 03: BEARING of our SDUK broadsheet series, which considers how pollution and contamination permeate within and throughout our bodies. Extending this conversation, Julien Gordon, Ecosystem Goods and Services Technician, Credit Valley Conservation, will discuss watershed and community health through the lens of ecosystem services. All SDUK issues can be found online at


Participants are advised to dress appropriately for outdoor, physical activity. This event will run rain-or-shine. The path along the river is paved and primarily flat.


Water and refreshments will be available at the Port Credit Memorial Arena, where there is a gender neutral washroom.


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Joy Xiang is an arts writer, poet and cultural worker based in Toronto. She researches and engages themes of migration, desire, material flows and media nostalgia/futurity. Her critical texts, reviews and poetry have been published in venues like Canadian ArtKAPSULALooseleaf, Hamilton Artists Inc. and Mercer Union.

Julien Gordon is the Ecosystem Goods and Services Technician for Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). CVC is a community-based environmental organization, dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Credit River Watershed.