“Lynx Sainte-Marie writes and performs their work with a vulnerability and intimacy that is transformative in its generosity. Their ability to weave imagery-laden narrative with no-punches-pulled analysis using sensitive, thoughtful and brilliant language is a gift that demands consideration and attention. Often I find myself turning a phrase of Lynx’s over and over again in my mind long after I have read it, holding it close to me as a precious amulet of truth, rage, or hope against the overwhelming pains of injustice Lynx brings so clearly to light. Their work is a salve of inestimable power in hard times.”
“Lynx Sainte-Marie, is one of the most talented multidisciplinary poet, artist, community educator/builder, visionary, theoretician and guide I have had the pleasure to learn from, work beside, and call chosen family.
Their poetry has moved me from the first moments that I experienced it and asked me to look deeper past the veil of reality, and wipe out the dusty cobwebs of my eyes.
Through my work with #blackspooniespeak and many conversations I have deepened my knowledge, appreciation and understanding of spoonieship, critical disability and chronic pain.
Lynx complicates and speaks to the complexity of blackness, non-binary gender, disability and divine artistry interweaving into a reality of magic, gothic dreams and cosmic possibility.
Lynx has challenged and developed my ideas of community, communication and self through their critical work, speaking at panels I have been so privileged to witness and community engagement spanning the limitation of geographies and their borders.
I have never seen an artist and teacher show such love and dream worlds into being, mind-bending and reality fucking worlds that demand better of us. Lynx channels and speaks with their noteworthy charm, dry wit, knowing humour and bone stripping honesty into the very core of you.
We are better for having Lynx in our lives, and I truly think we dream and live better for their existence. Their work shows us more, and offers hope and such brilliant art.”
Poet, yoga teacher, organizer and porn performer
“Lynx is a talented, thoughful and creative writer. I know them through their advocacy work, their writings and am a grateful to call them a friend. In Lynx you’ll find a writer open to collaboration and passionate about their values and supporting others.”
Writer and Room Magazine collective member
“Bearing witness to Lynx’s work for the first time sparked something inside of me, deep in my belly. That sensation is what is felt when one can acknowledge with clarity one’s own humanity. It’s so clear Lynx has unraveled and is continuously exploring themselves in their art, reflecting a gentle care for community and justice while doing so. As a Black spoonie artist, their body of work has loved me into knowing myself by defying normative ideas of who is valuable enough to be seen. Thank you.”
Rapper, vocalist and activist
“Lynx Sainte-Marie has opened my perception to new and transformative aspects of the creative experience. I have seen them in performance at several events in Edmonton including Brown Black and Fierce, Next Fest 2016’s Sister 2 Sister Showcase, and several other workshops hosted by The Landing and other organizations, at the University of Alberta. Their performances are consistently, disarmingly honest and distinctly informed by radical ideation. By radical ideation, I mean the presentation and nurturing of politics and perspective that are borne up by their experiences of beauty, adversity and love.
I have been privileged to participate in workshops discussing the virtues of self and community care with Lynx. I have been transformed in my approach to understanding and clarifying my own perspectives on care and community, as a person manoeuvring the challenges of life lived with the label of disability. Lynx’s capacity for vital conversation and real solution based approaches to the challenges of marginalization of many kinds is inspiring in its simple acknowledgement of the fact that those undertakings are riddled with complexity. Lynx’s installation work is extremely important to the re-articulation of empowering narratives and practises of what we call disability. They present a new worldview, located in the consciousness of their audiences toward recognition possibility, creativity and resolve in the living of daily life. They build, speak and sing in the sweetness of blooming genius, and in the struggle for the survival of the futures they envision and share with us.
Lynx Sainte-Marie has emboldened the sensuality of my intake, production and experience of artwork, community and both internal, and external spaces of nurture. I fully recommend them to you with a distinct and joyful expectation of your own transformation through their careful and unflinching presentation, explanation and enactment of creative life.”
Shima Aisha Robinson aka Dwennimmen
Spoken word poet and community organizer