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 

Beth Dart

Beth Dart

Board Member

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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 is an Edmonton poet whose work has been published in The Prairie Journal, FreeFall, the Edmonton Poetry Festival’s Poetry Route and 40 Below: Volume 2. His chapbook, In Between Trains, was ... Read More 

Avnish Nanda

Avnish Nanda

Board Member

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Don Perkins

Don Perkins

Board Member

Don Perkins has been on the Festival board since 2013. He is also a member of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets. He has recently retired from teaching in the ... Read More 

Matthew Stepanic

Matthew Stepanic

Board Member

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo, the poetry editor of Eighteen Bridges, and a freelance writer and editor. His poetry has appeared in Eighteen Bridges, The New ... Read More 

Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint

Board Member

Brandon Wint is an Ontario born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human ... Read More 

Tomas Andel

Tomas Andel

Program Coordinator

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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