Addena Sumter-Freitag

Addena Sumter-Freitag – according to Addena Sumter-Freitag 

I have been involved in theatre, storytelling, and poetry for over 25 years.  I co-directed Black Theatre West’s production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” at City Stage in Vancouver.  Now that was long ago!

I have toured my award-winning play “Stay Black & Die” across Canada It won The Frankie Award, for the best Fringe production at the Montreal Fringe Festival.  The play was then produced by Centaur Theatre in Montreal as part of the Frankie award. It has a one week run at the Centaur theatre.  The play was also performed for twenty three days at Australia’s Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was blessed with ‘sold out’ houses.

I’ve performed new works of poetry and stories at the Vancouver Storytelling Festival, Vancouver Spoken Word Festival, and the World Poetry Reading Series.  The World Poetry Reading Series is sponsored monthly by the Vancouver Public Library.  Its members include some of the most exciting and talented Canadian poets, whose roots span across the globe.

My experience in theatre and poetry and storytelling, and my background in group and class-room facilitation, has afforded me a wide network of people who are familiar with my work.

Stay Black & Die, my first book, published by Commodore Books, has been included in English curriculum reading lists at UBC, Emily Carr, Vanier College, Montreal, and Women’s studies, UBC.  Dr. Suzanne James, who is teaching Canadian literature 2nd year introductory course at UBC, (2012) once again has her students are reading Stay Black and Die.  They are scheduled to discuss the book on Nov 9 and 14 (sandwiched between The Rez Sisters and The Book of Negroes)  I’m pleased and honoured to be included with such great company.

My second book, Back in the Days was the 3rd of three books reviewed by Canadian Literature Quarterly by Atef Laouyene. The review was) entitled  “Of Violence and Poetry”

Addena Sumter-Freitag is Canadian, and the 7th generation of an African Canadian family.  She grew up in Winnipeg’s North End, and has lived all across Canada.  Addena is well known for her unique and exciting poetry and storytelling performances.



Back in the Days 

War, Peace & Getting by, for one Black family in Winnipeg.

Published  2009, Wattle and Daub Books

ISBN  978-0-9810658-1-6


Stay Black & Die

Published 2007, Commodore Press, Vancouver

ISBN 0-9683182-1-6


Black, Brown and Still Blue

A collection of poetry.

Published 2002, Chapbook

ISBN 0-9730644-4


Women’s Bodies, Women’s Lives

Chapter 8 of  Women’s Bodies Women’s Lives  is dedicated to Sumter-Freitag’s poems.

Published 2000, Sumach Press, Toronto

ISBN-10: 1-894549-02-3

ISBN-13: 978-1-894549-02-8

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