Board & Organizers

Shima A. Robinson (Dwennimmen)

Shima Robinson (Dwennimmen)

Artistic Producer

Shima Aisha Robinson is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton – Treaty 6) born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every poem and pursuit, the ancient meaning of her chosen ... Read More 

Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson

President

Raised in a mining town in the mountainous back-country of southeastern British Columbia, Paul moved to Edmonton (longer ago than he cares to remember) where he lives and writes ... Read More 

Kim Mannix

Kim Mannix

Vice President

Kim Mannix is a poet, dark fiction writer, and journalist who lived in six Canadian cities before deciding to call Sherwood Park home. As a lover and supporter of ... Read More 

Grayson Thate

Grayson Thate

Secretary

Grayson Thate (he/him) is a poet born in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton). He is currently studying heritage management, and hopes to go to law school in the near future. As a ... Read More 

Katherine Gibson

Katherine Gibson

Treasurer

Katherine Gibson received her MLIS from McGill University in Montreal before working at the Richmond Public Library in British Columbia, Canada. After a year and half there she took ... Read More 

Alice Major

Alice Major

Past President

Alice Major founded the Edmonton Poetry Festival in 2006 while she was serving as Edmonton’s first poet laureate. (She warns all future laureates to be careful what they start!). ... Read More 

Beth Dart

Beth Dart

Board Member

Beth Dart is an Edmonton-based director, producer, lighting designer, and theatre collaborator. She is the co-Artistic Producer of award-winning indie theatre company Catch the Keys Productions, best known for ... Read More 

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning

Board Member

Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer, professor, and grandmother. She has released two short story collections and one poetry collection. A book of non-fiction is scheduled for release in ... Read More 

Amitoj Kaur

Board Member

Bio coming soon … Read More 

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi

Board Member

Marco Melfi joined the Edmonton Poetry Festival Board in 2019. He has had poems published in The Prairie Journal, FreeFall, Funicular, 40 Below: Alberta’s Winter Anthology, and as part ... Read More 

Kasia Gawlak

Kasia Gawlak

Website

Kasia is a freelance website developer and creative consultant, operating under the trade name CodeWord Media Design since 2011. Prior to launching her business, Kasia obtained a BA in ... Read More