About THE EDITOR:
ERIC VAN GIESSEN (he/him/his) is passionate about the intersections of faith, social justice and creativity/art. He’s used poetry as a way to navigate his way through reconciling his faith & sexuality and continues to write both poetry and prose as a form of self-expression, truth-telling, activism, play and protest.
He is a white (Dutch), cisgender, queer, able-bodied settler living on the stolen land of the Anishinabe people - he strives to understand his positionality and privilege so as to know better when to listen and when to speak, and so that he might be a better friend to those oppressed by the systems that have benefited him. He fails regularly, and continues striving to do better.
In 2015, I began my Master of Arts degree in Social Justice & Community Engagement at Laurier Brantford. During this time, I co-founded the Pomegranate Mural Collective with friend and local artist Pamela Rojas, and led the Laurier Brantford student body in an critical exploration of toxic masculinity and gender-based violence. My Major Research Project (MRP) was a community autoethnography that used poetry to explore 2SLGBTQIA+ experiences within Christian faith communities. The project culminated in a major research paper entitled, Queerly Faithful: A Queer-Poet Community Autoethnography On Identity And Belonging in Christian Faith Communities, as well as a poetry collection in the form of a zine publication which can be found here.
I identify as queer and have been coming out since I was 20. I am thrilled to be working as Generous Space’s Operations Manager where I am able to put my problem solving skills and eye for detail to good use. My role involves communications, promotional design & implementation, fundraising, resource development, general operations, event planning, and much more.