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


Raised in a mining town in the mountainous back-country of southeastern British Columbia, Paul now lives in Edmonton where he lives and writes with his wife and two children. ... 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 

Portrait of Grayson Thate, a white man with short dark hair shaved on the sides seated at a table with his arms folded ion front of him. His head is turned to the side and he has tattoos on his outer arms.

Grayson Thate


Grayson Thate (he/him) is a poet and communications professional born in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton). As a past Youth Poet Laureate, he has been passionate about poetry and how it brings ... Read More 

Headshot of Emma Elder, treasure of Edmonton Poetry Festival. She is a white woman with long dark hair and brown eyes.

Emma Elder


Emma Elder (she/her) is a poet and full-time student at the University of Alberta. She is studying Honors Physiology with a goal of pursuing medicine, and intends on publishing ... Read More 

Portrait of Edmonton poet Alice Major. She has blondish white chin-length hair with bangs and oval-shaped glasses. She is wearing a light blue collared shirt.

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 

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi

Board Member

Marco Melfi (he/him) joined the Edmonton Poetry Festival Board in 2019. He has had poems published in the Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Funicular, FreeFall and he ... Read More 

Kasia Gawlak

Kasia Gawlak


Kasia is a website developer and communications professional. After twelve years as a freelancer running the sole proprietorship CodeWord Media Design, Kasia accepted a full-time role with Paper Leaf ... Read More