2016 Headliners

Katherine Abbass

Katherine Abbass

Katherine is a student of English and Drama Education at the University of Alberta. She has been writing short stories and poetry since she learnt how to spell. Her work tends to reflect her ... 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 

Sarah-Jeanne Bélec

Sarah-Jeanne Bélec

Sarah-Jeanne a grandi au Québec. Elle a commencé à s’illustrer en poésie en 2015 en remportant le premier prix du concours de poésie du Centre de littérature canadienne. Depuis, trois de ses poèmes ont ... Read More 

Juliane Okot Bitek

Juliane Okot Bitek

Juliane Okot Bitek has never stopped exploring the power of narrative, focusing her passionate essays, poetry, and nonfiction work on political and social issues. Her work has been anthologized and published widely online, in ... Read More 

Christian Bök

Christian Bök

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001) – a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Poetry Prize. Bök is one of the founders ... Read More 

Isaac Bond

Isaac Bond

Isaac Bond is a community focused artist grown in the quiet prairie city of Saskatoon. Through hip-hop, spoken word, and an honest effort to be a genuine human being, Bond’s work presents audiences with ... Read More 

Weyman Chan

Weyman Chan

Weyman Chan’s second book, Noise From the Laundry, was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry and the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. His fifth book of poetry, Human Tissue —-a primer ... 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 

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 

Charlotte Cranston

Charlotte Cranston

Charlotte Cranston is Edmonton’s first Youth Poet Laureate. In addition to being a poet, she is a workshop facilitator, an occasional princess, and a two-time member of the Edmonton Slam Team, which competes nationally ... Read More 

Kayla Czaga

Kayla Czaga

Kayla Czaga is the author of For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, 2014), which won The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and was nominated for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and The Governor ... Read More 

D

D

D is an Edmontonian who lives and writes in the 118th Ave community. D has performed poems in local slams and art shows and has released two zines of page-poems, as well as one cd ... 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 

Anthony Di Nardo

Antony Di Nardo

Antony Di Nardo is a poet and teacher. He currently divides his time between Beirut, Lebanon – where he teaches English at International College – and central Canada. He is the author of three ... Read More 

Gavin Doyle

Gavin Doyle

Gavin Doyle is currently in his third year as a combined English and Creative Writing student at the University of Alberta. He is very proud to be published in Glass Buffalo. He is slowly learning ... 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 

Dwennimmen (Shima Aisha Robinson)

Dwennimmen

Shima Aisha Robinson works for APIRG on the University of Alberta campus as the Programming and Working Group Coordinator. She is a MacEwan University BA candidate who advances her enthusiasm for anti-oppression and social ... 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 

Lise Gaboury-Diallo

Lise Gaboury-Diallo

Lise Gaboury-Diallo teaches in the Département d’études françaises, de langues et de littértures at the Université de Saint-Boniface. Since 1999, she has published 7 books of poetry and 2 collections of short stories in ... Read More 

Carolyn Gingrich

Carolyn Gingrich

Carolyn Gingrich is a bilingual ceramic artist and spoken word poet based in Edmonton, AB. After having studied theatre, and acting for many years, she started working with with clay – seven years later ... Read More 

Alison Grant-Préville

Alison Grant-Préville

Alison est une énergie créatrice et une artiste multidisciplinaire. Pour ses œuvres composées et improvisées, elle se sert d’une variété de flûtes traversières, la flûte à bec, la voix, le piano, l’harmonium, et de ... Read More 

Darrin Hagen

Darrin Hagen

Darrin Hagen is an award-winning playwright, composer and drag artiste. He is the author of The Edmonton Queen, which won a Sterling Award and was published in book form by Brindle & Glass Publishing. ... 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 

Benjamin Hertwig

Benjamin Hertwig

Benjamin Hertwig’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in the New York Times, NPR, the Walrus, Prairie Schooner, Maisonneuve, and Pleiades, among others. He was the recipient of a 2017 National Magazine Award, and ... Read More 

Walter Hildebrant

Walter Hildebrandt

Historian and poet Walter Hildebrandt was born in Brooks, Alberta and now lives in Edmonton. He was the Director of University of Calgary Press and Athabasca University Press. He has worked as a historian ... Read More 

Gerald Hill

Gerald Hill

Gerald Hill has published six poetry collections — two of which won Saskatchewan Book Awards for Poetry. His latest collection, Hillsdale Book, came out with NeWest Press in April, 2015. Two sub-sets of that book ... Read More 

Shayne Golosky Johnston

Shayne Golosky Johnston

Shayne Golosky-Johnston is a two-spirit poet coming from both the windswept yellow plains, and mountainsides of the nitsitapi lands and the dense forests and muskeg of the nehiyaw territory. They have been performing off and on ... Read More 

Claire Kelly

Claire Kelly

Claire Kelly’s first full-length collection, Maunder, is available from Palimpsest Press. Her poem “Mother, What Should We Do?” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2017. She lives and writes in Edmonton. Her ... Read More 

Catherine Kidd

Catherine Kidd

Catherine Kidd is a Montreal writer known for her zoological performance poetry. Her solo show Sea Peach won a Montreal Critics’ for Best New Text, touring to Toronto Harbourfront’s World Stage, the Edinburgh Fringe, ... 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 

Lady Vanessa

Lady Vanessa

Lady Vanessa Cardona is a mestiza, Colombian, first generation immigrant artist, poet, theatre practitioner, community organizer, dance instructor and photographer. She started her spoken word career in Windhoek, Namibia and currently lives in Amiskwacîwâskahikan ... Read More 

Sarah Lang

Sarah Lang

Sarah Lang was born in Canada. Her most recent book, For Tamara (House of (House of Anansi Press), won the Alberta Writers’ Guild Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She is also the author ... 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 

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 

Winona Linn

Winona Linn

Winona Linn is a poet, visual artist, performer, teacher and spoken word artist. Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Linn made a name for herself in the thriving poetry community of Halifax, Nova Scotia while attending ... 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 

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 

Manijeh Mannani

Manijeh Mannani

Dr. Manijeh Mannani is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Athabasca University. Her areas of expertise include Persian Poetry and Iranian Studies. Manijeh’s publications comprise Najvā: Selected Poems of ... 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 

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 

Wendy McGrath

Wendy McGrath

Wendy McGrath is a writer and artist who works in multiple genres. Her poetry/photography collaboration with Danny Miles, drummer for July Talk and Tongue Helmet, is trying to find a home. McGrath’s most recent ... 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 

Tim Mikula

Tim Mikula

Tim Mikula is an artist and poet living in Edmonton, Alberta. He has performed in venues as large as the Garneau Theatre, and as small as a 4×4×8 box in a park. Read More 

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Matt. Miller aka Lip Balm is the Artistic Director of WE FLIP TABLES! 2014 Canadian Poetry Slam Champion. 3-time Canadian representative at the National Poetry Slam. Mirrors weren’t created for vanity; merely a checkpoint ... Read More 

Megan Paranich

Megan Paranich

Megan Paranich has a B.Sc. in Geology and is currently working on her BA in Anthropology. She loves earth science, socio-linguistics, and long walks on the beach. Her writing has appeared inGlass Buffalo, Canthius, and Sterling. ... Read More 

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the Canadian Individual Slam Champion. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award.  ... 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 

Harold Renisch

Harold Rhenisch

Harold Rhenisch is the author of 12 full length books of poetry, most recently The Spoken World (Hagios 2012) and Two Minds (Frontenac House, 2015), which came out of the experience of two pilgrimages on the The Old ... Read More 

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Armand Garnet Ruffo is a writer and scholar drawing on his Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage for his work. Born in northern Ontario, he is recognized as one of the earliest contributors to both contemporary Indigenous ... 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 

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 

Prufrock Shadowrunner

Prufrock Shadowrunner

As much as he has made splashes & waves in these areas he has found his voice & calling with his writing and sharing of spoken word. Prufrock is a writer & storyteller from ... Read More 

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was her­ald­ed by Vanity Fair as “cultural ... 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 

Richard Siken

Richard Siken

Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, as well as an editor at Spork Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry ... Read More 

Gerald St. Maur

Gerald St. Maur

Gerald St. Maur is the former Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alberta. He divides time between the visual arts and the literary arts, as poet and dramatist. In the past decade, ... Read More 

Tab CA

Tab CA

Tab is a poet, dancer and community activator who strives to create safe spaces, facilitate artists of many disciplines and promote creative freedom and artistic experimentation in inclusive environments. They are an original member of ... Read More 

Richard Therrien

Richard Therrien

Poet and editor Richard Therrien has worked at a number of occupations, including landscape labourer, photography instructor, filmmaker, and speech writer. Born and raised on – and a repeated escapee from – the Canadian ... Read More 

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company) won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry and was the ... 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 

Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint is an Ontario born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his ... Read More 

Anna Yin

Anna Yin

Anna Yin is Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets. She has authored six books of poetry and her poems have appeared on ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World ... Read More