Naava Smolash holds a PhD in English Literature from Simon Fraser University focused on nationalism and race theory. Her essay “The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture”  is used in counselling centres and university classrooms worldwide. Her writing appears in academic and popular publications including Studies in Canadian Literature, West Coast Line, Briarpatch, and the University of Toronto Quarterly’s special issue Discourses of Security, “Peacekeeping” Narratives and the Cultural Imagination in Canada. Current projects include a book on Nurturance Culture, and a speculative fiction novella entitled Cipher. She teaches in the English department at Douglas College, and lives halftime in Montreal.

We chat with Naava about the influencing factors in her life, what the essay represented and opened up for her, and what she’s creating now!

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