mia susan amir, Creative Director & Facilitator

-1mia susan amir is a community-embedded writer, interdisciplinary performer, curator, and educator. Born in Israel/Occupied Palestine, mia is an anti-Zionist Jew of Sephardic and Ashkenazi descent. She has lived most of her life in Vancouver, BC, unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. For nearly two decades, she has used creative practice in grassroots efforts towards environmental and social justice.

mia teaches creative writing, and creative-political praxis through SWB. She teaches memoir and creative nonfiction in Continuing Studies at Langara College, Vancouver, and for the University of British Columbia Writing Centre. She is the Associate Dramaturg at PTC, and the co-artist mentor of Generation Hot with The Only Animal. mia is also a co-convener of The Dreaming Wakefulness Collective, based in Oakland, CA, traditional Ohlone territories, offering writing workshops in embodied political imagination.

In her creative practice, mia integrates the body, place, archive, imagination, politics, the land, and the ancestors, as sites of narrative production, and as conduits for narrative expression. Guided by an embodied ethics of relationality, she endeavors to excavate the ways in which her subjects are not simply their conditions; to undermine ahistorical and decontextualized treatments of the individual and social issues; to reveal the complex webbing of story that creates us. Her work seeks to explore the way sociopolitical events inform and are manifest intergenerationally in the spaces of the home and the body; the narrative haunting that emerges individually, collectively, politically, psychically, spiritually, and culturally when our stories go untold; what she calls Dybbuk Consciousness. Her work, hybrid in form, engages juxtaposition as a critical strategy to bring breath to the unnamed, or unnamable. Prose, poetry, theory, ritual and orality coexist on the page and in performance. As an artist who lives with chronic illness, mia’s work sits at the intersections of disability justice, feminism, anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and decolonization. Her work is hugely influenced by her participation in the Arrivals Personal Legacy Process created by Diane Roberts, former Artistic Director of urban ink productions.

mia is currently working on a memoir titled, A Memory of Sand and Silence. She has performed her work across Canada and the US. Her work has appeared on SpiderWebShow, Lemon Hound and Digging Through the Fat, with a forthcoming publication on The Feminist Wire. You can watch mia’s 2015 performance of a work-in-progress entitled, Human Appetites, accompanied by violinist Jeffrey Mak, here. As the 2008 Artist in Residence at Neworld Theatre, mia wrote and produced, The Map To Zochrot, an interdisciplinary performance work examining identity, colonization, family, “nation,” military occupation, loyalty, and love, in the context of Palestine/Israel.

mia was an Artist in Residence at the 2016 Feminist Art Conference Residency, on Toronto Island, Ontario. In 2015 she was a Distinguished Visiting Writer-Activist at Oregon State University, and an Artist in Residence at the Grin City Collective, Grinnell Iowa.

From 2005 – 2011, mia was the Program Coordinator of the Transformative Communities Project Society. There she implemented over 20 programs utilizing arts-based modalities, and heart-centered learning practices rooted in intersectional understandings of power, and principles of social change.

mia received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, Oakland, CA, and is a student of somatics and trauma.