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Naava Smolash

Naava Smolash holds a PhD in English Literature from SFU and teaches in the English department at Douglas College. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in popular and academic publications including Studies in Canadian LiteratureWest Coast LineBriarpatchEveryday FeminismLitHuband the University of Toronto Quarterly. Her essay "The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture" went viral in February 2016 and grew into a book, Turn This World Inside Out (AK Press, 2019). Originally from Montreal, she lives in Coast Salish Territories and is a 2018 graduate of The Writer's Studio. 

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Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture. AK Press, 2019
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