Soraya Peerbaye is an equity and arts consultant specializing in creative, career and community development for artists and critical research for the field. A long-time advocate for artists of colour and diasporic artistic practices, Peerbaye was the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council, and prior to that the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. She has worked with a wide range of independent artists, and currently works with Anandam as the company’s Program Development and Curatorial Co-Director, activating the company’s innovative Audience-in-Residence program and the Contemporaneity series, which features contemporary expressions of Asian, African, Carribean, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance. Her varied interactions have allowed her to develop an intricate analysis on issues of race, gender, Indigeneity, decolonization, and the development of artistic ecologies; she has brought this perspective and expertise to national granting bodies, arts service organizations, municipalities, and diverse arts community forums, from the City of Markham, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, the National Arts Service Organizations forum, to Orchestras Canada. She is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Dance Assembly. Peerbaye is a poet whose most recent collection, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood, won the 2016 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award.