Lynx Sainte-Marie

Lynx Sainte-Marie is a disabled/chronically ill, non-binary/genderfluid, Afro+Goth Poet of the Jamaican diaspora with ancestral roots indigenous to Africa (West, East and South) and the British Isles, living on unceded Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat land (Greater Toronto Area). A writer, multimedium artist, activist, educator, creator and community builder, Lynx’s work and art is informed by Black feminism(s), collective community love and social, disability and healing justice movements. As a person with various intersections and experiences, Lynx identifies with the struggles and politics of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), queer and trans folks, femmes, bois, gender nonconforming communities, crips, spoonies and survivors of abuse/intergenerational trauma. Lynx is the creator of QueerofGender, a grassroots organization and transnational visibility project, celebrating the various experiences of gender within LGBTTQQ2SIAP+ Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities. Lynx has travelled throughout Canada performing poetry, developing and facilitating workshops, presenting on panels and lecturing at colleges, universities, conferences and various other spaces where it is welcome to interrogate structural oppression. Lynx has had the opportunity to train and educate a plethora of individuals – from social service providers, sex educators, high school and post-secondary students to university faculty and administration – on intersectionality, anti-oppression, queer and trans communities, accessibility, creative arts and allyship. Lynx has also consulted for a number social service organizations and sits on various committees, seeking to challenge mainstream narratives around art creation.