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Ponderosa Reading @ Nelson Studio 88
Ponderosa Reading @ Nelson Studio 88

Sat, Sep 16



Ponderosa Reading @ Nelson Studio 88

FT. Greg Nesteroff, James Pakootas, Susan Andrews Grace, and Shayna Jones *Included in the Gold Pass

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Time & Location

Sep 16, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Nelson, 402 Victoria St, Nelson, BC V1L 4K5, Canada


About the Event

Join Elephant Mountain Lit Fest at Nelson Studio 88 for an intimate reading / presentation by local poets, writers, and storytellers.  

James Pakootas (Colville Confederated Tribes), otherwise known as “Just Jamez”, is a modern-day story weaver. He is an award-winning vocalist, producer, and filmmaker who cultivates change in the world through the power of words. James comes from peoples whose future, present and past are expressed through art, song, and movement. As a vocalist who creates conscious hip hop and spoken word poetry, he carries on this tradition. James tells stories - stories that empower, stories that fascinate, and stories that speak truth to our existence.

The core of his content speaks to the resilience of the human spirit, a deep understanding of trauma, and connection; the never-ending pathway back to ourselves. Whether performing with his artist collective, creating new bodies of work in music and film, or mentoring teams of multi-generational artists, James influences people to rise above their circumstances and chase dreams worth living.

Susan Andrews Grace has lived in Nelson, BC since 2001 but lived many years in Saskatoon, SK. She holds a BA (Philosophy and an MFA (Poetry). She also maintains a visual art practice and has exhibited works in Canada and USA.

Greg Nesteroff is the co-author of Lost Kootenays, a photo history book. Proprietor of The Kütne Reader, a blog on local history. News director at 103.5 The Bridge.

Shayna Jones is an award winning actor, a playwright, a folklorist, and a multi-disciplinary spoken word artist specializing in afro-centric performance poetry and traditional oral storytelling.


  • Ponderosa Reading Attendee

    From $15.00 to $25.00
    • $25.00
      +$0.63 service fee
    • $20.00
      +$0.50 service fee
    • $15.00
      +$0.38 service fee



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