Archival photo curated by BABA of the Yonge Street Uprising taken by Mike Slaughter for the Toronto Star, in 1992. Image from the Toronto Public Library’s Digital Archive.

The Future is an Archive in Making: Poet-in-Residence 

Jonsaba Jabbi and Alannah Johnson of Building a Black Archive 

TPW is delighted to present: The Future is an Archive in the Making: Poet-in-Residence. This themed residency reimagines the archive as a source of poetic investigation. TPW invites emerging writers and archivists Jonsaba Jabbi and Alannah Johnson of Building a Black Archive (BABA), who ask, "how do you remember a place that doesn’t exist anymore? And how do you visualize its Black future?” Working in collaboration with Black youth in Ontario, BABA will explore and document the process and poetics of building archives. The residency will culminate with a public program in the summer of 2022. 

Building A Black Archive (BABA) is a grassroots community initiative dedicated to building Black archives in Canada and the African Diaspora. Their work includes writing, consulting, archival research and collaboration as well as running a community archival program engaging Black youth ages 18-29 to build archives through writing, podcasting and more.


The Future is an Archive in Making: Poet-in-Residence is made possible with the generous support of TD Bank Group.