2012 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 

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs grew up near London’s Heathrow Airport. A youthful aptitude for sums and symbolic manipulation caused him to embark on a mathematical career, first in the aircraft industry and then in higher education ... Read More 

Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is a multi-award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Her ten volumes of poetry include Land to Light On, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award; thirsty, winner of the ... Read More 

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen is completing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She works on the 85 Project (www.85bawu.com) with Robert Majzels, Claire Huot and Nathan Tremblay; and is Writer in Residence at ... Read More 

Lyra Brown

Lyra Brown

At 20 years old Lyra Brown has launched herself into the world of music in stellar fashion. To date, she has opened for Emily Haines of Metric fame, at the request the artist, at ... Read More 

Diane Buchanan

Diane Buchanan

Diane is a poet and an essayist from Edmonton. She has written three collections of poetry. Her second book, Between the Silences was short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos award for peoples’ poetry. Her most recent ... Read More 

Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler is a poet, professor, essayist, and organic farmer from northern Alberta. She teaches Creative Writing at Red Deer College. Jenna Butler is the author of three books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, ... 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 

Ifeoma Chiwetelu

Ifeoma Chiwetelu

Ify is a Nigerian-born, Calgary-raised, Toronto-based based spoken word artist. Since entering the world of spoken word, Ify has graced many microphones across the country at notable events such as Ladies First: National Women’s ... Read More 

Greg Debicki

Greg Debicki

Greg is a sound artist with a special interest in algorithmic music. He has received a scholarship from Emmedia to create generative music based on sensory input from nature. His installation entitled “Farming Ordinary ... Read More 

Dymphny Dronyk

Dymphny Dronyk

Dymphny is a writer, editor, mediator and mother. She is passionate about the magic of story and has woven words for money (journalism, corporate writing) and for love (poetry, fiction, drama, mystery novels) for ... Read More 

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn’s first collection, A Really Good Brown Girl, won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. This collection is now in its fifteenth printing and has been reprinted as a Brick Books classic with a ... Read More 

Trisia Eddy

Trisia Eddy

Born and raised in Edmonton, Trisia Eddy has been an active member of the local literary and arts culture for many years. She founded Red Nettle Press in 2007 as a way of supporting ... 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 

Raphaël Freynet

Raphaël Freynet

Originally from Manitoba, and now based in Alberta, Raphaël is part of a young generation of Western Canadian artists who, over the past few years, have been emerging onto the Francophone scene. Raphaël’s first ... Read More 

Nora Gould

Nora Gould

Nora Gould writes from east central Alberta where she ranches with her family. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1984 with a degree in veterinary medicine. Her debut poetry collection, I See My Love ... Read More 

Jonathan Hart

Jonathan Hart

Jonathan has lived in Canada, the United States, Britain and France, where he has taught or held visiting appointments at Toronto, Alberta, Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, Durham, the Sorbonne-Nouvelle and elsewhere. His poems have appeared ... Read More 

Bob Holman

Bob Holman

Bob Holman, founder and artistic director of the Bowery Poetry Club, is a poet most often connected with spoken word, performance, hip-hop and slam. He has published thirteen books of poetry and released two ... Read More 

Sally Ito

Sally Ito

Born in Taber, Alberta, Sally Ito grew up in the Edmonton area. After university in BC and grad studies in Japan, she returned to Edmonton and lived here for another decade, completing her MA ... 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 

Jason Kodie

Jason Kodie

Jason Kodie has been a consummate musician for the past 20 years and he is very active on the Alberta music scene. He performs regularly with a great many individuals, some from disbanded groups, ... 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 

Barbara Langhorst

Barbara Langhorst

Barbara Langhorst was born and educated in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta and teaches at St. Peter’s College, SK, where she has had the pleasure of ... 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 

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 

Mike Lent

Mike Lent

Mike Lent is renowned as a “top-drawer bassist” and one of Canada’s leading musicians. He has played professionally for over 25 years, and has a reputation as a masterful performer in a variety of ... 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 

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 

Heather Simeney MacLeod

Heather Simeney MacLeod

Heather Simeney MacLeod grew up throughout various regions of British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. A few years ago Heather returned to Canada from Scotland, and she is currently a Ph. D. ... 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 

Nancy Mattson

Nancy Mattson

Nancy Mattson moved from Edmonton, Alberta, to London, England, in 1990. She has published three full poetry collections, one in Canada and two in England. Her first, Maria Breaks Her Silence (Coteau, 1989), based ... Read More 

Brendan McLeod

Brendan McLeod

Brendan McLeod is a writer and musician based out of Vancouver. His first novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, was longlisted for the 2008 Re:Lit Award for fiction. His first play, The Big Oops, ... Read More 

Jérôme Melançon

Jérôme Melançon

Jérôme Melançon lives in Camrose with his wife, their two children and their cat. He arrived there through Saskatchewan, France, Ontario, Québec, and New-Brunswick. He teaches philosophy, as well as Canadian, Indigenous, and Chiense ... 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 

Gerry Morita

Gerry Morita

Originally from a farm in Saskatchewan, Gerry Morita graduated from Simon Fraser University’s dance program, and has since worked in Vancouver, Montreal, Tokyo and Edmonton as a dancer, choreographer, performance artist and teacher. Her ... Read More 

Ben Murray

Ben Murray

Ben Murray is writer and musician whose volume of poetry, What We’re Left With, was published by Brindle & Glass. He’s a 2011 winner of the Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Prize (U.S), and ... Read More 

Tom Radford

Tom Radford

Two time Gemini winner, Tom Radford’s career spans forty years in the Canadian television and film industries as a Writer, Director, and Producer. Born to a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper family that came to Alberta ... Read More 

The Raving Poets Band

The Raving Poets Band

The Raving Poets rocked Edmonton’s poetry scene for ten years, from 2001 to 2010. Their blend of spoken-word and live improv music carved great swaths of coolness into the E-Town poetry scene. They worked ... Read More 

Pierrette Requier

Pierrette Requier

When I carve out time to write, I return to the vast spaciousness of my rural roots out of which my poems arise from some deep core of home in me, a rising up ... Read More 

Jem Rolls

Jem Rolls

Jem Rolls has never published anything. He believes performance poetry to be the most direct and dynamic medium full of as yet unrealised possibilities Born in Surrey. Performer of 2700 shows, promoter of 750. ... 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 

John Steffler

John Steffler

John is the author of five books of poetry, including Lookout, The Grey Islands, and That Night We were Ravenous. His novel The Afterlife of George Cartwright won the Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel ... Read More 

Josée Thibeault

Josée Thibeault

Josée writes, performs and directs. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, she writes for theatre, film, tv, radio and podcasts, as well as for the comedy troupe Le RiRe. In the last decade, she has developed ... Read More 

Jocelyne Verret

Jocelyne Verret

Jocelyne Verret is a long-time member of the Stroll of Poets and a past President. She is a published poet, novelist, dramaturge, and essayist. The Works Art and Design Festival of 2017 featured twelve ... Read More 

Gisèle Villeneuve

Gisèle Villeneuve

Gisèle Villeneuve is a Calgary-based bilingual writer working in multiple genres. As a novelist, short story writer, poet, and translator, she delights in alternating freely between French and English. Rising Abruptly, a collection of ... Read More