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Winnipeg playwright & author, Primrose Madayag Knazan, writes from a distinctly Filipinx-Canadian, Jewish, and woman’s perspective. Her plays have been featured at Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the THIN AIR Writers Festival, CBC Radio, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Sarasvati Production’s FemFest, the Filipino-Canadian playwright’s festival, and won the 2021 Jewish Canadian Playwrights Competition with her newest play, Precipice. In October 2021, her first novel, Lessons in Fusion, was published by Great Plains Publications under their Yellow Dog imprint and debuted on McNally Robinson’s Best Seller list in the young adult category. Her plays have been published by Scirocco Drama and Playwrights Canada Press. In her parallel career, Primrose works for the Department of National Defence in Civilian Human Resources. In the Public Service, she has been a featured speaker at several diversity events including the Winnipeg Tax Centre’s VisMin Festival, the DND Employment Equity course, National Council of Visible Minorities AGM, and the Tri-government learning event for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Primrose is a freelance food writer for the Filipino Journal and a social media influencer and brand ambassador promoting Manitoba restaurants and artisan products as Pegonaplate on Instagram and Tik Tok.
Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. THIN AIR, the annual celebration produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, strives to honour the First People’s rich tradition of sharing stories as the ground for building genuine community and restoring right relations.