MCIS AGM 2021: A Preview

By: Cheryl

Have you RSVP’d? Our 2020/21 AGM is only one week away and we can’t wait to see you! Since the pandemic is ongoing, we chose to host the event virtually once again this year. And even though we’ll all be in the comfort of our own homes, it’s still an excellent opportunity to catch up with peers, learn what MCIS has been up to in the last year, hear a wonderful keynote, participate in the awards presentations, and even win one of four amazing prizes.

It has been tradition at MCIS’ Annual General Meeting to invite a guest speaker to share their experiences around themes within the broader spectrum of language and culture, and inspire discussions and reflections. In the past two years, we have had Lindsay Borrows to present on her experience as a Canadian with an Indigenous background, and Niambi Martin-John on her understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement. This year, we are honoured to have Nuzhat Abbas from trace press deliver our keynote. We are looking forward to hear what she has to share.

About Nuzhat Abbas

Nuzhat Abbas brings years of local and transnational experience to her work in the arts, education, and social justice. Trained in comparative literature, women’s studies and creative writing, she has taught at schools, colleges and universities in Canada, the US and Europe, facilitated community art projects for refugee and immigrant women and girls, curated cultural events and festivals, and worked with feminist and independent bookstores and organizations. Her essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in local and international journals, newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail, Herizons, THIS, Fuse, Wasafiri, World Literature Today, Oral History Review, Annual of Urdu Studies, and (translated into Polish) Znak. She is the founder and publisher of trace press.

The 2021 AGM keynote speech will be uploaded to our YouTube page after the event.

To register for MCIS’ 2021 AGM, click here.

More about trace press (

trace is a not-for-profit literary organization and small press. trace’s books and events illuminate, in complex, beautiful, and thought-provoking ways, contemporary and historical experiences of conflict, displacement, migration, life, labour, love, and resistance.

trace prioritizes the voices of those who have, themselves, experienced war, conflict, displacement and migration, and its staff and board bring such lived experience to their work.

trace values the voices of those historically marginalized within the inequitable publishing cultures of North America.

Previous keynote speeches from MCIS AGMs can be found here: