RAdiant voices

an audio painting

Let us take a moment to celebrate the eruption of radiant voices.

Because previously unheard voices and stories are being shared en masse—more and more folks from the margins are making their stories public, and more importantly, these voices are being listened to and amplified. From Idle No More to #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, one thing is certain: landscapes are shifting.

These beautiful eruptions are happening rapidly like never before—in part because of the internet and social media’s speed and accessibility, but also because years of hard, subtle work by individuals and collective organizers whose work has enabled deep, below-the-ground listening, and being there for each other. Acts of care in intimate community relationships empower people to share in public for the first time. These messages from below are where my hope for a better future comes from—new and old stories being shared, new possibilities being unearthed.

This audio painting is a compilation of some of these radiant voices! It is storytelling at its best: vulnerable, heart centered, raw, and authentic. These stunning stories were in the book, Radiant Voices: 21 Feminist Essays for Rising Up Inspired by EMMA Talks.  This collection was edited by Grounded Futures’ lead curator, carla bergman, and published by Touchwood Editions. Many of the essays in the book are also online at emmatalks.org.

Radiant Voices was put together because we believe that all of us need to hear these stories more often and in more places to feel our collective and individual power rise so we can connect, embrace hope, feel joy, and make change.

We believe that sharing and listening to our stories can fuel action, connections, and new possibilities. The brave voices, like the ones in this audio painting, are essential to our survival—together, we are many, and we can change the landscapes of our lives.

Produced by Grounded Futures in partnership with Joyful Threads production

 Music by Sour Gout //  Art by Julie Flett

This compilation was made with the support of the City of Vancouver, Cultural Services, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Listening House Media, and Arts in Action.

A special thank you to eMERGENCY hEARTS for the inspiration.



  1. Intro, written and read by carla bergman (1:57)

  1. Hovering*, written and read by carla bergman (0:38)

  1. Sanibe, written and read by Christa Couture (9:38)

  1. Assemble, written and read by carla bergman (0:38)

  1. Telling a New Story, written and read by Tasha Kaur (8:59)

  1. Formation, written and read by carla bergman (0:34)

  1. Downstream Ritual, written and read by Lara Messersmith-Glavin (18:16)

  1. Spirit. Magic. Revolution, written and read by Shaunga Tagore (11:53)

  1. Alighted, written and read by carla bergman (0:45)

  1. Lilac Tree, written and  read by Jamie-Leigh Gonzales (1:03)

  1. Ascending, written and ready by carla bergman (0:39)

  1. What I Know About My Brother, written and read by Walidah Imarisha (11:59)

  1. In the Shadow of Bluebeard’s Castle, written and read by Margaret Killjoy (10:14)

  1. Soaring, written and ready by carla bergman (0:28)

*each stanza of carla’s poem is from the poem titled: Taking Flight


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