2010 Headliners

Kimmy Beach

Kimmy Beach

Nuala: a fable is Kimmy Beach’s sixth book. Her second, Alarum Within: theatre poems (Turnstone Press, 2003), has been adapted twice as a stage play. The Last Temptation of Bond (UAP, 2013) was featured ... Read More 

Derek Beaulieu

derek beaulieu

Author of four books of poetry (most recently the visual poem suite chains) and two volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently the short fiction collection How to Write), derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised ... Read More 

George Bowering

George Bowering

George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate, was born in the Okanagan Valley. After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering earned a BA in English and an MA in ... Read More 

Su Croll

Su Croll

Su Croll’s first book, Worlda Mirth (Kalamalka Press), was the winner of the Kalamalka New Writers Competition and was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her second, Blood Mother (Signature Editions), was short-listed for ... Read More 

Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier is an internationally known poet, musician and performer who has released two CDs and a CD/book, founded a festival, and started an online magazine and a record label. A recipient of multiple ... Read More 

Helene Garrett

Helene Garrett

Helene Garrett’s work of translation is at once exotic and familial. Her scholarly journey, took her to an MA in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and to the “ABC’s” as they are popularly known, ... Read More 

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Nielsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a poet and nonfiction writer. She is the author of four poetry collections including Lost Gospels (Brick, 2010) and author/editor of six academic books. Currently she is editing a collection ... Read More 

Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon

Ariel is the Winnipeg-based author of two recent small press poetry chapbooks, including Guidelines: Malaysia & Indonesia, 1999 with Edmonton’s Rubicon Press. She is a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press’ books section ... Read More 

Joe Gurba

Joe Gurba

Writer, Student, Research Assistant, Artist, Impresario, Agnostic Christian Anarchist Marxist Humanist, Edmontonian, Somnambulist, Life-Amateur, hopefully one of the good guys. Read More 

Tracy Hamon

Tracy Hamon

Tracy is a mother, a university student currently finishing a MA in English with a creative option at the U of R, a part time barber/stylist, and the coordinator for the SWG Writers/Artists Colony. ... Read More 

Robert Heidbreder

Robert Heidbreder

Robert Heidbreder was born on the wet, muddy banks of the Mississippi River in 1947 and in 1970 he moved to the wet, misty skies of Vancouver B.C. to pursue his degree in Classical ... Read More 

Mitch Holtby

Mitch Holtby

Mitch Holtby (Mitchmatic) is a different kind of rapper. Coming from a musical household with a music teacher for a mother and three siblings, all of whom are performing musicians as well, he has ... Read More 

Ahmed "Knowmadic" Ali

Ahmed Knowmadic

Award-winning Poet Laureate Ahmed Ali, better known as Knowmadic, is a multi disciplinary artist, community organizer, public speaker and youth worker who has dedicated his time to enabling and empowering diverse communities around the ... Read More 

Robert Kroetsch

Robert Kroetsch

Renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher, Robert Kroetsch is one of Canada’s most accomplished authors. With a career spanning well over 40 years, Kroetsch has received numerous honours, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary ... Read More 

Kwazii (Dakwon)

Kwazii is the festival’s youngest performer – age 16, but he already has years of rap to draw on. Kwazii has written songs over basically any type of music you could think of and ... Read More 

Jolanta Lapiak

Jolanta Lapiak

Jolanta Lapiak is an Ameslan (American Sign Language or ASL) literary and media artist, narrator, and poet in video, performance art, photography and text. Her works challenge the phonocentric traditions of textuality and poetry. ... Read More 

Shelley Leedahl

Shelley Leedahl

Multi-genre writer Shelley A. Leedahl returns to her adopted city of Edmonton with her latest title: Wretched Beast (poetry, BuschekBooks). Her numerous critically well-received publications include The House of the Easily Amused, Orchestra of ... Read More 

Shawna Lemay

Shawna Lemay

Shawna Lemay is the author of the recently released novel, Rumi and the Red Handbag which has made Harper’s Bazaar’s #THELIST (must-reads for Fall 2015), the “Most Anticipated” list on the popular Canadian book ... Read More 

Laurie MacFayden

Laurie MacFayden

Laurie MacFayden is an award-winning writer, visual artist and former journalist who has lived in Edmonton since 1984. Her latest poetry collection, Walking Through Turquoise, explores love, desire, and other intimacies mined in her ... Read More 

Nancy Mackenzie

Nancy Mackenzie

Nancy Mackenzie’s third book of poetry, Communion, was recently released, continuing the philosophical explorations of Soul’s Flight and The Illuminated Life, with a wink and a nod to her collaborative CD and anthology Eyeing ... Read More 

Alice Major

Alice Major

Alice Major’s newest 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 planet. ... Read More 

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin is the author of Believing is not the same as Being Saved (University of Alberta Press, 2017) and One crow sorrow (Brindle & Glass, 2008). She is currently a Vanier Scholar in ... Read More 

Valerie Mason-John

Valerie Mason-John

Dr. Mason-John is an award winning writer who has done extensive work with schools on issues like bullying and violence as well as workshops on spoken-word poetry. She is the author of four non ... Read More 

Mikey Maybe

Mikey Maybe

Mikey understands that his knotted rhymes and truthy narratives won’t make him happy with himself, no matter what kind of 8bit-slush-covered drummachine-idolatry he solders together behind them. He realizes that weeping on stage into ... Read More 

Don McKay

Don McKay

Don is an award-winning Canadian poet, editor and teacher. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award, for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000), and in June 2007 he won the Griffin Poetry ... Read More 

rob mclennan

rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, rob mclennan is author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in four countries. His second novel, missing persons, was published in fall 2009, and his other writings have ... Read More 

Yukari Meldrum

Yukari Meldrum

As a Certified Translator (Canada), Yukari translates almost anything her clients need from official papers and web sites to literary pieces. When she has time, she enjoys reading and talking about translation because it ... 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 

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is a National Magazine Awards nominated writer and Metro News columnist, who moonlights as Edmonton rapper A.O.K. After four years as Avenue’s associate editor, he recently left to serve as the Edmonton ... Read More 

Politic Live

Politic Live

Considered by Dose Magazine to be “one of Canada’s most underrated hip-hop groups”, the Politic Live trio has been twice nominated for the Western Canadian Music Awards. Fusing their West Indian roots with past ... Read More 

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga is a writer and performer whose work has graced stages and pages across the globe. Through her practice, she grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness ... Read More 

Tonguebath

Tonguebath

“The Elvis and Costello of sound poetry…” Read More 

Daniel Scott Tysdal

Daniel Scott Tysdal

Daniel is the author of Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006), which received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His ... Read More 

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon (Roland Pemberton) – poet, musician, record producer, writer, and starting July 1, 2009, the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate. At 23, Roland Pemberton is an accomplished artist with an established international reputation ... Read More