Leif Gregersen is a public speaker and author who has taught numerous poetry and creative writing workshops. He is the author of ten books, four of which are poetry collections. Leif maintains a strong connection to the poetry community in Edmonton, having been in previous years a member of The Stroll of Poets and a fixture at the local Breath In Poetry Collective. in 2016 Leif was two-time winner of the Edmonton story slam and also came in first place in the Writer’s Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest which had approximately 500 contestants. Leif believes in the healing power of poetry and other forms of creative writing and will be teaching two ongoing classes to adults with mental health disabilities this fall.