2014 Headliners

Pushpa Raj Acharya

Pushpa Raj Acharya

Pushpa Raj Acharya is a writer, who now lives in Edmonton, Canada. He is a member of the “Borderlines Writers Circle/ Writer-in-Exile Programme” for 2013-14. He writes poetry in English and Nepali; his poems ... Read More 

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 

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 

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 

Val Brandt

Val Brandt

Val was a copywriter for years before tiptoeing into the 1989 Edmonton Fringe with her first play, The Puff ‘n’ Blow Boys. Her plays have been performed in theatres and festivals across Canada. More ... Read More 

Capital City Burlesque

Capital City Burlesque

Voted “Best Burlesque Show” in Vue Weekly’s Best of Edmonton 2013, Capital City Burlesque is Edmonton’s premiere burlesque dance troupe. From Rockette-inspired kick lines to a trio of thrusting Santas, CCB elegantly straddles a ... Read More 

Harleen Cheema

Harleen Cheema

Harleen Cheema is the winner of Edmonton’s first Youth Slam, although being fairly new to the scene itself. She worked with spoken word throughout Victoria Composite’s Creative Writing program, and later winning the school’s ... Read More 

Dennis Cooley

Dennis Cooley

Recipient of the 2015 League of Canadian Poets’ lifetime member award and the 2013 Manitoba Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Dennis Cooley has been a key figure in Winnipeg’s literary community for over 30 ... Read More 

Marita Daschel

Marita Dachsel

Marita Dachsel is the author of Glossolalia and All Things Said & Done. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for ... 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 

Lainna Lane El Jabi

Lainna Lane El Jabi

Lainna Lane El Jabi has lived in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto where she completed a Master’s degree in Literature with a research focus on experimental feminist poetries and small presses. She has published poetry ... Read More 

Rita Espeschit

Rita Espeschit

Rita Espeschit is a Brazilian-Canadian writer widely published in Brazil, with works ranging from poetry collections to children’s books. Two of her children’s books were translated into Spanish and published in Venezuela. In Canada, ... Read More 

Christine S. Frederick

Christine S. Frederick

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is the co-founder/co-director of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, and is the Aboriginal Leadership Academy Coordinator for the Centre for Race & Culture. She is a Métis, Edmonton-based artist with many years experience ... Read More 

Gary Garrison

Gary Garrison

Gary Garrison is an Okie from Muskogee who let his hair grow long, came to Canada, and raised three children instead of killing people in Vietnam. He has been the Editor of Alberta Hansard, ... Read More 

Kasia Gawlak

Kasia Gawlak

As the daughter of an artist and a journalist, Kasia is drawn to the symbiotic relationship between words and images, and enjoys mixing poetry with visual art, collage, and photographs. Her work is confessional ... Read More 

Chris Gilpin

Chris Gilpin

At the 2012 Vancouver International Poetry Festival, Chris won the Nerd Slam and the Erotica Slam. He is also a two-time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team (2008 & 2009), the champion of ... 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 

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. She just published her memoir, Crazy Brave, detailing her journey to becoming a poet. Her seven books of poetry, ... Read More 

Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton’s most recent books are the Trillium Award finalist The Dead Are More Visible (stories), Workbook (a collection of memos and fragmentary essays), and the poetry collection Perfect Frame. His other poetry titles ... Read More 

Jim Hepler

Jim Hepler

Jim Hepler spent the better part of two decades playing blues, country music and rock ‘n roll in the honkytonks of our nation. Now focusing on original songs, he has turned that musical and ... Read More 

Skye Hyndman

Skye Hyndman

Skye Hyndman has written poems and plays. She is the Resident Playwright for Moplip Theatre and a member of the Edmonton Youth Poetry Slam Team. She attends classes diligently at the University of Alberta, ... Read More 

Megan Keirstead

Megan Keirstead

Megan Keirstead’s powerful voice and story-like lyrics take you on a new journey with every song. Megan first turned to songwriting to help overcome the loss of her grandma. Megan caught the songwriting bug ... 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 

Randy Kohan

Randy Kohan

Hive is Randy Kohan’s third collection of lyric poetry with Ekstasis Editions. His previous works are Rain of Naughts (2015) and Hammers & Bells (2013). Two of his poems, Trains and Northern Monks, can ... Read More 

Deborah Lawson

Deborah Lawson

Deborah Lawson is an Edmonton-based freelance editor and writer. She’s been writing poetry for many years, and in 2003 she began to take part in Edmonton’s vibrant poetry community and work with some 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 

Giselle Lemire

Giselle Lemire

A seasoned bilingual actress, director, and coach as well as a Spoken Word Poet and past Edmonton Slam Champion, this season Giselle initiated Poetry Strip Tease…Poets Go Paperless, a Workshop Series on memorization and ... Read More 

Erika Luckert

Erika Luckert

Erika Luckert is an Edmonton writer, photographer, and student of the arts. Erika’s work has been featured in numerous local publications such as DailyHaiga, Glass Buffalo, Notebook Magazine, and 40 Below: Edmonton’s Winter Anthology. ... Read More 

Jeanette Lynes

Jeanette Lynes

Jeanette Lynes is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Archive of the Undressed (Wolsak and Wynn, 2012) which was short-listed for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her first novel, The Factory Voice ... Read More 

Heather Macklem

Heather Macklem

Sad songs need lungs; empty pages do not fill themselves with black ink. Heather Macklem went to the U of A and now she works. 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 

Ariane Mahrÿke

Ariane Mahrÿke

Hollow-bodied electric guitar in hand, Ariane Mahrÿke delivers her songs with humour, candor, vulnerability and strength. She flirts with folk, jazz, blues, and electroacoustics while effortlessly moving from French to English. Lemire perfectly reflects ... 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 

Medgine Mathurin

Medgine Mathurin

Haitian-born poet, psalmist and spoken word artist Medgine Mathurin is a person for whom the love of language and the alchemy of words is second nature. Her multi-lingual upbringing (french, creole, english) not only ... Read More 

Clint McElwaine

Clint McElwaine

Clint McElwaine is a ten year member of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets. His CD Gold featuring twenty-two of his ballads was published by Magpie Productions and is in its second run. He plans ... Read More 

Hugh McMillan

Hugh McMillan

Hugh McMillan is a poet from Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. He has been published and anthologised widely. His selected and collected poems Thin Slice of Moon came out in 2013 and a new ... Read More 

Iman Mersal

Iman Mersal

Egyptian poet Iman Mersal is the author of five books of poetry in Arabic, published between 1990-2013. She has served as an editor of the cultural and literary reviews Bint al-Ard and Adab wa ... Read More 

Erín Moure

Erín Moure

Montreal poet Erín Moure has published seventeen books of poetry in English and Galician/English, and thirteen volumes of poetry translated from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese into English, by poets such as Andrés Ajens, ... Read More 

Jason Lee Norman

Jason Lee Norman

Jason Lee Norman is a writer with a beard. His first book of short fiction entitled Americas was released in April, 2012 and his new eBook Beautiful Girls & Famous Men was just released ... Read More 

Michael Penny

Michael Penny

Michael Penny was born in Australia, but moved to Canada as a teenager. McGill-Queen’s University Press has just published his fifth book, Outside, Inside. He divides his time between Edmonton and Bowen Island. Read More 

Sandy Pool

Sandy Pool

Sandy Pool is a writer, editor and Creative Writing instructor. Sandy holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative ... Read More 

Deborah Ramkhelawan

Deborah Ramkhelawan

Deborah Ramkhelawan majors in English and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta. She has studied poetry under professor emeritus Bert Almon as well as Nobel laureate Derek Walcott and has received multiple departmental ... Read More 

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson

Julie C. Robinson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia but spent her childhood in rural Ontario. In 1999 Robinson joined the writing community in Edmonton where she served on the board of the Edmonton ... 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 

Shirley Serviss

Shirley Serviss

Shirley A. Serviss was a founding board member of the Edmonton Poetry Festival and is a long-time member of the Stroll of Poets. She has published three collections of poetry and works part-time as ... 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 

Hendrik Slegtenhorst

Hendrik Slegtenhorst

Hendrik Slegtenhorst is Canadian author, local government executive, and business owner. He lives in Edmonton, and has worked throughout Canada, and in the United States, Europe, and Africa. He is a citizen of both ... Read More 

Sheri Somerville

Sheri Somerville

Sheri Somerville has spent the past three decades dividing her time between a career in live theatre, comedy and music. She began her career in the Toronto music scene before relocating back to Edmonton ... Read More 

Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen was born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and lives there still. A former Coastguard, Ian has worked full-time as a writer, artist and sailor since winning the inaugural Robert Louis Stevenson Award ... Read More 

Aliya Tariq

Aliya Tariq is an honour student at Jasper Place High School where she earned Citizenship with Merit. She is involved in several clubs including the Global Cafe’s Slam Club. Aliya was in a play ... 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 

Rhea Tregebov

Rhea Tregebov

Rhea Tregebov’s seventh collection of poetry, All Souls, was released in 2012. Quill & Quire notes of All Souls that “Tregebov has always been a poet’s poet, but never more than here.” Her poetry ... 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 

Liz Withey

Liz Withey

Elizabeth Withey is a writer, journalist and artist based in Edmonton. She is a 2014 finalist for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards in the “emerging artist” category. Elizabeth has been on staff ... Read More 

Paul Zits

Paul Zits

Paul Zits received his MA in English from the University of Calgary in 2010, completing his creative thesis, Massacre Street (UAP 2013) under the supervision of experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök. Since, he has ... Read More