2015 Headliners

Nasra Adem

Nasra Adem

Nasra is a queer, Muslim, Oromo creator/curator living in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. They were the Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2016 to 2017 and are currently the Director of Sister ... Read More 

Marsha Barber

Marsha Barber

Marsha Barber is the author of two poetry books: What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling (2011) and All the Lovely Broken People (2015), published by Borealis Press. She has published in The Antigonish ... Read More 

Judy Tate Barlow

Judy Tate Barlow

Judy Tate Barlow is a singer, poet, mother, lover of everyday life! Read More 

Jalal Barzanji

Jalal Barzanji

Jalal Barzanji is originally from Iraqi Kurdistan. He has worked as a poet & journalist since 1970. He has published seven books of poetry, and hundreds of columns about democracy, peace and freedom of ... Read More 

Stephen T. Berg

Stephen T. Berg

Stephen T. Berg describes himself as a “disappointed hippy, approximate monk, writer and poet.” He lives in Edmonton and has worked for Hope Mission, a social care agency for homeless people, for the past ... Read More 

Steven Michael Berzensky (Mick Burrs)

Steven Michael Berzensky

Steven Michael Berzensky (Mick Burrs) won a $1000 Saskatchewan Poetry Manuscript Award for his 3rd book, The Blue Pools of Paradise (Coteau, 1983) and the $1000 Sask Poetry Book Award for his 5th book, ... Read More 

Kent Bowman

Kent Bowman

In 1970, Ted Plantos encouraged me to write poetry (i.e., Purple Cowboy, Glasseaters’ Banquet and section in The House Poets). In 2007, my essay on “The Creative Process (Songwriting, Composing,Writing Poetry)” was accepted by ... Read More 

Jenna Broomfield

Jenna Broomfield

Jenna Joyce Broomfield is an Inuk from North West River, Nunatsiavut (Labrador) and is currently attending Law School at the University of Alberta. Her prior educational background includes a certificate in Pre Law Studies ... Read More 

David Brydges

David Brydges

David C. Brydges is an 8 year Edmonton Stroll of Poet’s member, associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, and Ontario Poetry Society branch manager for Cobalt. He’s artistic director of Spring Pulse ... Read More 

Brian Chan

Brian Chan

Brian Chan was born in Georgetown, Guyana and emigrated to Canada in 1982. His first collection of poems, Thief With Leaf, won the Guyana Prize for Literature. His other books are Fabula Rasa, Scratches ... Read More 

Liam Coady

Liam Coady

Liam Coady’s work is special for its ability to foreground the human possibilities of social unity, personal resilience, love and enduring hopefulness. A member of the 2011 National Slam Champion Team and a 2-time ... Read More 

Margaret Code

Margaret Code

Margaret Code, a member of the Art Bar Poetry Series team in Toronto, has been writing since 1995. Her poems have appeared in Lichen, Garm Lu. Labour of Love, Best American Poets (Vol. 4) ... Read More 

Patrick Connors

Patrick Connors

Patrick Connors chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013. He was also recently published in Belgium, India, and Timmins. He was literary juror of Big Art Book 2013, a digital project ... Read More 

Myrl Coulter

Myrl Coulter

Myrl Coulter is the author of two award-winning books: A Year of Days (UAP) and The House With the Broken Two (Anvil Press). Her new book, The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories is ... Read More 

Megan Dart

Megan Dart

Megan Dart: Poet. Playwright. Producer. Megan Dart minds her p’s (but not always her q’s). Alongside her sister Beth, Megan is the co-Artistic Producer of award-winning indie company Catch the Keys Productions, best known ... Read More 

Deceptive Cadence Players

Deceptive Cadence Players

The Deceptive Cadence Players use music and poetry to explore the truth and lies of art and life. They are poet Melissa Morelli Lacroix, singer Mireille Rijavec and pianist Dessi Gavrailova. Read More 

Alyson Dicey

Alyson Dicey

Alyson is an Edmonton actor and playwright. She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the U of A. Recent credits include Tree Hugger (Foundation Theatre), Working It Out (AWHC), Much Ado ... 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 

Christine Falk

Christine Falk

Christine Falk has had a love for written words and a great appreciation for story telling through poetry, books, music, and art for most of her life. Her hobbies include enjoying music, local culture, ... 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 

Fran Figge

Fran Figge

Fran Figge’s life-long love of poetry came into pleasurable focus several years ago when she discovered her own writing muse. She is currently president of The Ontario Poetry Society, president of Tower Poetry Society ... Read More 

Kathy Figueroa

Kathy Figueroa

Kathy Figueroa takes great delight in writing poems that have entertained newspaper and magazine readers in Ontario for many years. She’s had three books published: Paudash Poems, Flowertopia, and The Cathedral of the Eternal ... Read More 

Kathy Fisher

Kathy Fisher

Montreal-born, Edmonton-based poet Kathy Fisher has been performing her words for international audiences for over three decades. Her passion is marrying sonic elements in poetry with improvisational music or ‘found sound’ – be they ... 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 

Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes has written and edited 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the ... Read More 

Sue Goyette

Sue Goyette

Sue Goyette lives in Halifax and has published four books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone, outskirts (Brick Books), and Ocean (Gaspereau Press) as well as a novel, Lures (HarperCollins, 2002). Her ... Read More 

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is an award-winning creative-writing instructor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition, her most recent collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings ... 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 

Leif Gregersen

Leif Gregersen

Leif Gregersen grew up in St.Albert and left at the age of 18 to pursue a dream of attending flying school and traveling. On his return he wrote his life story and began writing ... Read More 

Marina Reid Hale

Marina Reid Hale

Marina Reid Hale can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up (save for a week in grade two when she wanted to be a dolphin). An ... Read More 

Debbie Okun Hill

Debbie Okun Hill

Debbie Okun Hill is a Canadian poet, blogger and freelance writer. She is a past president of The Ontario Poetry Society. Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press, 2014) is her first trade book. Read More 

Kelsey Knight

Kelsey Knight

As an aspiring writer, Kelsey Knight is an experience chaser. She is motivated in her search for moments to accumulate and create a meaningful life. Her main focus and interests are in poetry, art ... Read More 

Melissa Morelli Lacroix

Melissa Morelli Lacroix

Melissa Morelli Lacroix is a writer, teacher, and editor who lives and works in Edmonton. She has degrees in creative writing from Lancaster University and the University of Alberta as well as a certificate ... Read More 

Rebecca Lappa

Rebecca Lappa

“Rebecca Lappa is her name and extremely classy folk, singer-songwriter, jazzy art pop is the nature of her game” (Urban Wally Wallstrom, UnitedRock.com). Her strong, beautiful voice and artful playing draw listeners into stories ... Read More 

Danielle Lavoie

Danielle Lavoie

Born under the sign of the Aquarius and the prairie skies of the Peace River region, this franco-albertan woman has learned to look far into the distances and wander with the prairie wind… and ... 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 

John Leppard

John Leppard

John Leppard is an active member of the Edmonton poetry scene, performing his unique style of spoken word in a variety of venues. A respected leader in the poetry community, John brings abundant experience ... Read More 

Joanna Lilley

Joanna Lilley

Joanna Lilley is the author of the poetry collection, The Fleece Era, published by Brick Books in 2014 and the short fiction collection, The Birthday Books, being published in 2015 by Hagios Press in their Strike ... Read More 

Mandie Lopatka

Mandie Lopatka

Mandie Lopatka is a longtime friend of the Edmonton Poetry community. She is a proposal writer/manager, loft hostess, creator of heavy-hearted poems and bright messy paintings. Mandie loves the arts and gardening is her ... 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 

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 

Blaine Marchand

Blaine Marchand

Blaine Marchand’s award winning poetry and prose has appeared in magazines across Canada and in the US. The author of eight books, he is currently working on two manuscripts of poetry as well as ... Read More 

Garth Martens

Garth Martens

Garth Martens won the 2011 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. His first book, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, was a Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Poetry. For nine years he has worked in large-scale commercial construction. His poems ... Read More 

Colin Matty

Colin Matty

Colin Matty is a writer and performer from Edmonton AB. In 2011 he was a part of the championship team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. He has toured the country with his ... Read More 

Kaz Mega

Kaz Mega

Kaz Mega is a POEMcee, community builder and musician. He is Co-Director of Hip Hop in the Park and was Cap’n of the 2013 & 2014 YEG National Slam Team. 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 

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi

Marco Melfi is an Edmonton poet whose work has been published in The Prairie Journal, FreeFall, the Edmonton Poetry Festival’s Poetry Route and 40 Below: Volume 2. His chapbook, In Between Trains, was published ... 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 

Kathryn Mockler

Kathryn Mockler

Kathryn Mockler is a writer, poet, and screenwriter. She is the author of the poetry books The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, “a stuart ross book,” Spring 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, ... Read More 

Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett is a South African poet, freelance editor, feminist activist and academic. She has a PhD from the University of Cape Town, and was the President’s Fellow at Princeton University. She has lectured ... 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 

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 

Andy Northrup

Andy Northrup

Andy Northrup is a singer/songwriter who has also written and acted for the stage and screen. He has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs, Slow Burn Avenue, Cardboard Logic and Making My Way and was ... Read More 

Ikenna Onyegbula

Ikenna Onyegbula

Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret is a writer, arts educator and spoken word performance poet of Nigerian descent currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. In the seven years he has been performing, he has toured all ... Read More 

Taqralik Partridge

Taqralik Partridge

Taqralik Partridge is a writer, performance poet and Inuit throatsinger originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Northern Quebec. Her spoken word has been featured on CBC radio, and she has performed at numerous venues in ... Read More 

Don Perkins

Don Perkins

Don Perkins teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the U. of A. Recent poems have appeared in 40 Below, The Trumpeter, and in The Poetry Route. 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 

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 

Michel Pleau

Michel Pleau

Michel Pleau has devoted his life to literature, and is Canada’s current Parliamentary Poet Laureate. The recipient of many awards, this poet gives lectures, takes part in public readings, leads creative writing workshops, mentors ... Read More 

David Prodan

David Prodan

David Prodan is a community development specialist for the non-profit agency E4C in Edmonton’s McCauley neighbourhood. His work includes local activism, food security, event production, mental health services, free arts and writing workshops, free ... Read More 

DC Reid

DC Reid

DC Reid is a past President of the League of Canadian Poets and has published 11 books of prose, non-fiction and poetry. His current book of poems, You Shall Have No Other, is being ... 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 

Carole Saint-Cyr

Carole Saint-Cyr

Acadian by origin, Franco-albertaine by adoption, Carole Saint-Cyr is pleased to share poem excerpts chosen from the best Acadian Poets. A three time winner of Caraquet’s (New Brunswick) “Gala de la chanson et de ... Read More 

Bernard Salva

Bernard Salva

French-born Bernard Salva is an actor, director, playwright, teacher and song-writer. He sketches a soulful journey of deeply personal songs and poems of love and loss around the world. His play Dalia une Odyssée has been ... Read More 

Paul Sanderson

Paul Sanderson

Paul Sanderson resides in Toronto and is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. His poetry has been published in “The Tower,” “Zygote” and “The White Wall Review” poetry journals. His first ... 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 

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 

Lorrie Simunovic

Lorrie Simunovic

Lorrie is a spiritual life consultant, equity advisor, educator, soul worker and poet with 25 years of experience. She has worked in community, academic and esoteric settings. She connects and writes through intuitive insight ... Read More 

Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith is an Edmonton-based theatre artist and poet. She’s the founder of The Edmonton Poetry Brothel, an immersive performance-poetry collective. She’s previously performed at the Edmonton Poetry Festival in collaborative performance “Poetry Moves.” ... 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 

Edin Viso

Edin Viso

Edin Viso was born in Croatia. He emigrated to Canada 2004. His prose and poetry has published in numerous magazines in Canada, Italy, France. Span, Sweden, Malta and the former Yugoslavia. Edin published two ... Read More 

Amy Willans

Amy Willans

Amy Willans’ poetry has been published in Standing Together: Women Speak Out about Violence and Abuse (Brindle and Glass, 2005); Transition magazine, published by the Canadian Mental Health Association; and in various journals and ... 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 

Lori Anne Youngman

Lori Anne Youngman

Beauty, colour and expression can make a profound impact. Over the years, this pursuit has taken on a variety of forms for Lori, including several large community development projects. She has used the arts ... Read More 

Ella Zeltserman

Ella Zeltserman is a Soviet-born Edmonton poet. Her first book of poetry small things left behind was published by University of Alberta Press in 2014 and won BPAA Robert Kroetsch prize and Betty Averbach ... Read More