2011 Headliners

Douglas Barbour

Douglas Barbour

Douglas Barbour is Professor emeritus, Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta. His books include Visible Visions: The Selected Poems of Douglas Barbour (NeWest Press; winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award); Story for a ... Read More 

E.D. Blodgett

E.D. Blodgett

E.D. Blodgett has published numerous books of poetry as well as diverse criticism and literary translations. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He has won the ... Read More 

Tim Bowling

Tim Bowling

Tim Bowling has published thirteen collections of poetry, including his Selected Poems (Nightwood Editions 2013), which won the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. Twice shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, his poetry ... Read More 

Regie Cabico

Regie Cabico

Regie Cabico is a poet and spoken word pioneer, having won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Read More 

Jeff Carpenter

Jeff Carpenter

With a style rooted in live performance, collaboration, radical innovation, and formal hybridity, Jeff Carpenter has participated in Edmonton’s diverse and thriving literary and performing arts culture for ten years. In addition to a ... Read More 

Tanya Davis

Tanya Davis

Tanya Davis is wrapping up her term as poet laureate for Halifax. Poet, storyteller, musician and singer-songwriter, she fuses these elements together in a refreshing matrimony of language and sound, side-stepping genre and captivating ... Read More 

Paul Dutton

Paul Dutton

Paul Dutton is a poet, novelist, essayist, and oral sound artist who is internationally renowned for his literary and musical performances. Since 1967, his artistic focus has been the creation of works that fuse ... Read More 

Jannie Edwards

Jannie Edwards

Jannie Edwards has published three collections of poetry and worked on many artistic collaborations, most recently a video and poetry installation, adrift, with visual artist Agnieszka Matejko and videographer Bob Lysay, part of a ... Read More 

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards is an Edmonton musician who plays in several Edmonton groups — saxaphone, flute and clarinet in a jazz quartet, a big band and a Dixieland band; and fiddle and vocals in a ... Read More 

Tanya Evanson

Tanya Evanson

Tanya Evanson is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Montreal now based in Vancouver, BC. Rooted in poetry, she spreads into spoken word, music and dance. Since 1995, she has produced five poetry chapbooks, two ... Read More 

Thom Golub

Thom Golub

Thom lives, performs and writes music in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As a string bassist, he can be heard on recent recordings by Robin Hunter & the Six Foot Bullies, You Just Gotta Get Used ... Read More 

Michael Gravel

Michael Gravel

Michael Gravel is a poet, writer, emcee, publisher, and tea afficionado. He believes that art, design, and poetry strive for the same ideal: to say the most with the least. His poetry chapbooks include ... Read More 

Cathy Hodgson

Cathy Hodgson

Cathy Hodgson is delighted to return to the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Last Fall, she published her chapbook Riddle of Stone with The Rasp and the Wine press, launched at the event Between. You can ... Read More 

Ian Keteku

Ian Keteku

Ian Keteku is a poet, writer, multimedia artist and educator living in Toronto. He is the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion. His work is committed to using words as both an interpretation and cure ... Read More 

Robert Kpogo

Robert Kpogo

Robert is a master Togolese musician and active member of Wajjo African Drummers and Kekeli African Dancers. He was born in Ghana and grew up in Togo, West Africa. Robert has performed in cultural ... Read More 

Sydney Lancaster

Sydney Lancaster

Sydney Lancaster is an Edmonton-based visual artist & writer. Her mixed media assemblages, drawings, photographs, and sculptures examine our sense of place and belonging (or lack thereof). Lancaster has exhibited in solo and group ... Read More 

John Lent

John Lent

John Lent has been publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction nationally and internationally for the past thirty years. His work has appeared in various issues of: The Malahat Review, Event, West Coast Line, NeWest Review, ... 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 

Kath MacLean

Kath MacLean

Kath MacLean is a multi media artist and educator living in Edmonton. She writes poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, critical reviews, performance poetry, drama & film and has performed her work throughout Canada and the ... 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 

Susan McCaslin

Susan McCaslin

Susan is a poet, Faculty Emerita of Douglas College in Westminster, BC, scholar, workshop facilitator, and author of eleven volumes of poetry, including Lifting the Stone (Seraphim Editions, 2007). She has edited two anthologies ... 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 

Tololwa Mollel

Tololwa Mollel

Tololwa Mollel is an award-winning author of over sixteen internationally published books for the young, plays and stories for performance. A fall 2013 publication will add a new book to that number. Mollel has ... Read More 

A.F. Moritz

A.F. Moritz

Al Moritz’s The Sentinel won the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. His poetry has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the Award in Literature ... Read More 

Theresa Moritz

Theresa Moritz

Theresa Moritz’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in Queen’s Quarterly, Event, Dalhousie Review, Cistercian Studies, and more. Read More 

Kerry Mulholland

Kerry Mulholland

Kerry Mulholland lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, poet Michael Gravel, and her daughter. She is the author of the chapbooks The Other Side of Silver (2010) and Ice From Elsewhere (2014). Her ... Read More 

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose. Her latest collection of poems is Dear Ghost, (Buckrider Books, 2017) and the upcoming anthology of memoirs she is editing is called ... Read More 

Mary Pinkoski

Mary Pinkoski

Mary Pinkoski, 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton (2013-2015), is an internationally recognized poet. She has performed on stages across North American and at the 2015 Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. ... Read More 

a.rawlings

a.rawlings

Poet, arts educator, and interdisciplinarian Angela Rawlings (a.rawlings) has presented and published work throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Her first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), received an Alcuin Award ... Read More 

Stephen Scobie

Stephen Scobie

Stephen Scobie was born in Carnoustie, Scotland in 1943 and has lived in Canada since 1965, teaching at the Universities of Alberta and Victoria. A widely published poet, he won the Governor General’s Award ... Read More 

Dumi Senda

Dumi Senda

Dumi Senda is a poet, activist and humanitarian of Zimbabwean origin living in England. Over the years he has shared the stage with world leaders including government ministers, ambassadors, Members of European Parliament and ... Read More 

David Seymour

David Seymour

David Seymour’s first book, Inter Alia (Brick Books, 2005) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry in Canada. “His bright, confident poems approach the world carefully, but ... Read More 

Kelly Shepherd

Kelly Shepherd

Insomnia Bird: Edmonton Poems (Thistledown Press, 2018) is Kelly Shepherd’s second full-length poetry collection. Shift, his first (Thistledown 2016), was longlisted for the Edmonton Public Library’s People’s Choice Award in 2017. Kelly has written ... Read More 

Goran Simic

Goran Simic

Goran is Edmonton’s current Writer in Exile. He was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and his poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in all of the prominent journals of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia, as well as ... Read More 

Karen Solie

Karen Solie

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw and grew up in southwest Saskatchewan. Her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, won the Dorothy Livesay Award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award ... Read More 

Sandi Somers

Sandi Somers

Sandi Somers’s work as a filmmaker and video artist has been featured in art galleries across North America and festivals around the world. Her work includes dance films, music videos, documentaries, videopoems, video installations, ... 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 

Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson

Internationally known Spoken Word Artist Sheri-D Wilson has 9 collections of poetry – most recently – Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women, following Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe – ... Read More