Franz – the poet, writer, facilitator, organizer, arts community activist, yoga instructor (franzthepoet.com)
Franz Seachel is a settler residing on the unceded and traditional Coast-Salish lands of the Kwantlen, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), W̱SÁNEĆ, Stz’uminus, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) nations. Franz has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic Univerity and is the Founder/ Executive Director of Enable: Arts Society, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting community-based and collaborative art projects by emerging and/or marginalized voices. She is also a founding member of Maza Arts Collective, a South-Asian queer-femme poetry collective expanding across so-called Canada. Her work has been featured at Word Vancouver, Voices of Today in Toronto, Richmond World Festival, and Surrey Muses, among many others. Franz is a creator of space. She believes art makes living bearable and is doing her best to put more colour into the world. She means this both in the sense of brightening up the mundane with creation, as well as in her mission to uplift the truths of marginalized bodies. She teaches writing workshops on embodying the writing practice using her knowledge as a Yoga teacher and aims to move toward creating out of joy. She is working on her first full-length collection. Franz hopes you dream often; she hopes you find reasons to stay.
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