Festival 2022  Authors & Headliners

Gavin Bradley

Gavin Bradley

Gavin Bradley is an award-winning writer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, currently living in Edmonton, on Treaty 6 territory. His work has appeared in The Irish Times, The North, Best New British and Irish Poets, ... Read More 

Michelle Poirier Brown

Michelle Poirier Brown

Michelle Poirier Brown is an internationally published writer and performer, currently living on the traditional unceeded territories of the syilx peoples, in Vernon, BC. She is nêhiýaw-iskwêw and a citizen of the Métis Nation. ... Read More 

Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler is the author of three books of poetry and ten short collections with small presses. Butler teaches creative writing and eco-criticism at Red Deer College. In the summer, she and her husband ... Read More 

Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Jennifer Bowering Delisle’s latest book is the poetry collection Deriving. She is also the author of two books of lyric nonfiction: The Bosun Chair and Micrographia (forthcoming in 2023). She regularly teaches creative writing ... Read More 

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont’s poetry has won provincial and national awards. She has been the writer-in-residence at five Canadian universities and the Edmonton Public Library as well as an advisor in the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program ... Read More 

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning is an Inuk professor, grandmother and writer. Her short story collection, Tainna (the unseen ons), received the Governor General’s Literary Awards for 2021. Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuta Gleed ... Read More 

Shima A. Robinson (Dwennimmen)

Dwennimmen

Shima Aisha Robinson (aka Dwennimmen) 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 pen name. Dwennimmen ... Read More 

Hannah Gelderman

Hannah Gelderman

Hannah Gelderman (she/her) is a settler of Dutch descent living in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB). She is an artist, educator and organizer who is most energized by projects that come to life at the intersection ... Read More 

Katherine Gibson

Katherine Gibson

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 up teaching English in Japan ... Read More 

V. Guzman

V. Guzman

V. Guzman, V, B , AUNTE V is a disabled Non Binary Salvadoran Canadian artist, visionary and organizer, a child of war refugees born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, Treaty 6 Territory . They ... Read More 

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines is an award-winning hybrid author and the 2022 Regional Writer in Residence for the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries. Her first full-length poetry collection Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (Inanna, ... Read More 

Nancy Holmes

Nancy Holmes

Canadian writer Nancy Holmes has published six collections of poetry, most recently Arborophobia (University of Alberta Press). She is the editor of Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems. She is Associate Professor in ... Read More 

Indigenous Poets Society

Indigenous Poets Society

Indigenous poets sharing truths, making their voices heard, and coming together to build community strength. Read More 

Alexis Kienlen

Alexis Kienlen

Alexis Kienlen is a poet, journalist and novelist who lives on Treaty 6, Edmonton. She currently works as an agricultural journalist with Alberta Farmer newspaper. She is the author of 2 books of poetry, ... Read More 

Theresa Kishkan

Theresa Kishkan

Theresa Kishkan lives on the Sechelt Peninsula in British Columbia. She has published more than a dozen books, including poetry, fiction, and collections of essays. Read More 

Alice Major

Alice Major

Alice Major’s most recent book, Welcome to the Anthropocene, continues her long engagement with science and mathematics. With her customary wit and intelligence, she tackles the urgent questions raised by human activity on the ... Read More 

Kim Mannix

Kim Mannix

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 local arts, she’s delighted to ... Read More 

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Believing is not the Same as Being Saved (University of Alberta Press, 2017) and One crow sorrow (Brindle & Glass, 2008). Her latest chapbook, ... Read More 

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi joined the Edmonton Poetry Festival Board in 2019. His poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, The Arc Award of Awesomeness, Funicular, and FreeFall. His chapbook, In ... Read More 

Peter Midgley

Peter Midgley

Peter Midgley is a poet and storyteller born in South Africa and based in Edmonton. He has performed in several countries around the world and has published three children’s books, one of which, Thuli’s ... Read More 

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is the author of fifteen collections of poetry and prose. Her latest book of poems is Riven (ECW, 2020). Her last performance was at Skirtsafire Festival 2022 as Francesca Woodman. She was ... Read More 

Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson is the co-founding editor and chapbook designer for the Olive Reading Series. His poems have appeared in Descant and Event, and the anthology Writing the Land: Alberta Through Its Poets from House ... Read More 

Roylin Picou

Roylin Picou

Well I’m from New Orleans, I’ve been living in Canada for 26 years… I AM a proud father of four! Like Rumi, Hafiz, La La ded and many other mystical poets I AM a ... Read More 

Poets for Ukraine

Poets for Ukraine

Poets show solidarity with brave Ukrainians as they fight for their freedom and the freedom of all world citizens. Read More 

Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell is a writer and musician living on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Alberta, where they are co-owner of Glass Bookshop. They hold a MA in English from the University of Alberta. Swollening ... Read More 

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s fiction was shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s 2022 Open Season Awards. Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2021 National Magazine Awards and the 2021 Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry. Shazia’s ... Read More 

Emily Riddle

Emily Riddle

Emily Riddle is nehiyaw and a member of the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. She lives in amiskwaciwâskahikan. A writer, public library worker and researcher, she sits on the board of advisers for ... Read More 

Sampler Cafe Collective

Sampler Café Collective

Sampler Café is a diverse community of beat smiths, sample sculptors, pad smashers and musical misfits that work together to promote unity through music and to share beat culture with the masses. From hosting ... Read More 

Anna Marie Sewell

Anna Marie Sewell

Anna Marie Sewell specializes in collaborative multi-genre projects. MacEwan University’s 2019 Writer-in-Residence, her creative process draws on heritage (Mi’gmaq/Anishinaabe/Polish), music, and multiple languages. Edmonton’s fourth Poet Laureate, she’s published two poetry books. Her first ... Read More 

Kelly Shepherd

Kelly Shepherd

Kelly Shepherd’s second poetry collection, Insomnia Bird (Thistledown Press, 2018) won the 2019 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Kelly has ... Read More 

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga is a poet and performer whose work grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness and womanhood. She is the author of three award-winning collections of poetry, ... Read More 

Sublime Intervention Collective

Sublime Intervention Collective

Sublime Intervention Collective is a feminine driven art collective based in Edmonton, creating opportunities for emerging artists through mixed media. Read More 

Ryan James Summers (aka Some-Sum)

Ryan James Summers (aka) Some-Sum

Some-Sum’s work is known to bring audiences to a place of self-reflection and acceptance while demonstrating honest introspection through words. His performances are composed of improvisational acts, written spoken-word poetry and freestyle rap. Using ... Read More 

Grayson Thate

Grayson Thate

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 past Youth Poet Laureate, he ... Read More 

Tzadeka and the Murder Hornettes

Tzadeka and the Murder Hornettes

Maigan van der Giessen is Tzadeka: a mother, poet, vocalist, visual artist, organizer, innovator, and all around rabble rouser. Tzadeka makes music that is unpredictable, clever, and magnetic. Female-fronted, experimental political-soul spoken word that’s ... Read More 

Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Alberta. An alumnus of the International Writing Program (USA), Umezurike is the ... Read More 

Matthew Weigel

Matthew James Weigel

Matthew James Weigel is a Dene and Métis poet and artist. He is the designer for Moon Jelly House press and his words and art have been published in Arc, The Polyglot, and The ... Read More 


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