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January 2019: Arsenal Pulp Press and Vivek Shraya announce second writer and book for VS. Books imprint

Cicely Belle and Vivek

Photo by David Markwei.

Cicely Belle Blain is an activist, writer and consultant; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine, an award-winning co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Vancouver and a professional speaker with notable engagements including the United Nations Summit and the Black Canadian Studies Association conference. Professionally, Cicely Belle is the CEO of a social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Their work is informed by their professional and academic background at the University of British Columbia and their lived experience as a Black, queer artist, a community builder, an intersectional feminist and a Black liberation activist.

Cicely Belle’s writing has appeared in Daily Xtra, The Body is Not an Apology, From the Root, DIVA, Herizons and more. Also, they love dinosaurs, red wine, oil pastels, cooking and everything pink. Their debut book of poetry will be published in Fall 2020. Find them on Twitter at @cicelybelle and Instagram at @cicelybelle_xo.