Festival 2021  Authors & Headliners

Jillian Christmas

Jillian Christmas

Jillian Christmas is an artist, creative facilitator, curator, consultant, and advocate in the arts community. She is the longtime spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and former artistic director of Verses Festival of ... Read More 

Shima A. Robinson (Dwennimmen)

Dwennimmen

Shima A. Robinson (aka Dwennimmen) is the Artistic Producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, a graduate student at the University of Alberta, and an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with ... Read More 

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines (she/her) lives in treaty six territory and is the author of three books of Poetry, The Stories in My Skin (Self-published, 2013), Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (Inanna, 2017), and Tell The Birds Your Body Is ... Read More 

Timiro Mohamed

Timiro Mohamed

Timiro Mohamed is a Somali-Canadian spoken word poet, Edmonton’s former youth poet laureate, and co-author of the chapbook Water. Her practice is rooted in responsible storytelling, centers Black Femmes, and celebrates her many identities. Read More 

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer and disabled spoken word artist. She was the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate, and is a Canadian Individual Slam Champion. Her debut collection COCONUT is available at Glass Bookshop. You ... Read More 

Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell is a writer and co-owner of Edmonton’s Glass Bookshop. Their debut poetry collection SWOLLENING will be published in 2022 by Arsenal Pulp Press. Read More 


To see the festival's author line-ups from previous years, visit our Headliners Archive.