— about céline chuang (莊善寧)
Céline Chuang (she/her) is an interdisciplinary writer, designer, educator and facilitator interested in the entanglements of presence and locality, race, space, and memory, theory and theology. Her nonfiction has appeared in places like GUTS, The Funambulist, and The Waking (Ruminate), and her writing featured in two anthologies: Currents (Ricepaper Magazine) and Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization (Commonword/Orbis). She is fascinated by the unearthing (or perhaps re-earthing) of hidden tellings and knowledges, the narratives crawling round the hem of history or banished from the centre of power. Her writing explores movement, wonder, ecology, mysticism, lineage, and the poetics and politics of place, especially related to gentrification and displacement, decolonization, diaspora, and Chinatown(s).
In her design work, she seeks to craft visual and verbal vocabularies that communicate content with accessibility, ease, and pleasure. Her graphic design tends towards the vibrant, illustrative, and expressive, with a specialty in print and layout. She has collaboratively designed, planned, and facilitated programs, events, and workshops in service of contemplative healing justice, anti-oppression, anti-racism, intercultural communication, and LGBTQIA2S+ education. Céline is also a community arts & creative writing facilitator who has hosted drop-in workshops emphasizing voice, lived experience, and truth-telling. She works to integrate embodied ritual and mindfulness into her planning, design, and facilitation practice to nurture spaces—and cultures of—transformation and tenderness.
In her art-making and illustration work, Céline iterates on food, collage, and plant wisdom, and explores notions of the sacred, visionary, and regenerative. She is an emerging graphic recorder and graphic facilitator, currently working as an associate with Co: Culture Collective. Along with Maria Mulder and Trixie Ling, she hosts Resetting The Table, a podcast that broadcasts BIPOC brilliance and seeks expansive conversation and liberatory faith praxis. She has performed poetry in churches, bars, cafes, and seminaries, and blogs in the same vein (prophetic, anarchist, liturgical) at holyspit.blog.
Céline was born in Mohkinstsis, Treaty 7 territory (Calgary, AB, Canada) to hyphenated Hakka-Hokkien immigrant parents, with ancestral & familial connections to Hong Kong, Mauritius, and Meixian and Fujian, China. She lives, works, rests, and resists on the unceded land of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh).
If you are interested in working with Céline or booking Céline for an event, you can contact her here.