Board & Organizers

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Executive Director

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the Canadian Individual Slam Champion. She is a recipient of the ... Read More 

Alice Major

Alice Major

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 

Don Perkins

Don Perkins

Treasurer

Don Perkins has served on the Board of the Edmonton Poetry Festival since 2013. He is currently the Treasurer, and has also served as Chair of the Governance and ... 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 

Katherine Gibson

Katherine Gibson

Board Member

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 

Bill Howe

Board Member

Bill Howe has been basking in the sounds and rhythms of the Edmonton poetry scene for over 20 years. As a high school English teacher, he is eager to ... Read More 

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi

Board Member

Marco Melfi joined the Edmonton Poetry Festival Board in 2019. Previously, he has volunteered with the Stroll of Poets (2013-2020). He is an Edmonton poet originally from Hamilton. He ... Read More 

Avnish Nanda

Avnish Nanda

Board Member

Bio coming soon … Read More 

Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson

Board Member

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 

Matthew Stepanic

Matthew Stepanic

Board Member

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo and the co-founder of Edmonton’s newest bookstore, Glass Bookshop. He is a co-author of the collaborative novel, Project Compass (Monto Books, ... Read More 

Tomas Andel

Tomáš Andel

Program Coordinator

Tomáš Andel is a Slovak-born media artist living in Edmonton. Primarily a writer and musician, Tomáš approaches creating through an intermedia framework, expanding currently into digital visual and interactive ... Read More 

Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards

Photographer

Randall is one of the founding fathers of the Raving Poets and has been involved in the spoken word scene for longer than he can remember. His photography has ... 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