Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian spoken word poetry author, artist, public speaker, and writer in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion, and has been performing for three years. Nisha recently competed nationally and took 4th place in the finals of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam 2017. She is a three-time member of the Edmonton Slam Team, finishing as a semi-finalist in 2016, and taking 3rd place with the team in 2017 at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her work has been published in a collection of poems called Water – now in its second printing. She has performed across Canada at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Verses Festival of Words, Next Fest, and Heart of the City Festivals, and recently finished a European tour in the fall of 2017. Her work speaks to themes of race & feminism, mental illness, and identity, and focuses strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour. She has worked with youth poets, adults, and students through storytelling and poetry workshops, and in 2016 gave a TEDxUAlberta talk discussing the intersections between poetry and politics. She is currently working on a second book of poetry that she aims to publish through Glass Buffalo Publishing in 2018, and will be joining the Nook Café as an Artist in Residence in the spring of 2018.