2017 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 

Lillian Allen

Lillian Allen

Considered a godmother of rap, hip-hop, dub and spoken word. Her work is used across the educational spectrum, encompassing alternate learning contexts from kindergarten to post graduate studies. As one of its lead originator ... Read More 

Bert Almon

Bert Almon

Bert Almon has published eleven collections of poetry. He has won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Award for poetry twice, and received the City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2008 for A Ghost in Waterloo ... 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 

Shane Book

Shane Book

Shane Book is the current writer in residence at the University of Calgary. His first poetry collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. ... 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 

Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke is a writer/artist who also enjoys painting and drawing. She also experiences life as a spoken word artist. She is the author of The Sisterhood, a young adult fantasy novel about a ... 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 

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 

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning is an Inuit writer, scholar, researcher, and grandmother who grew up experiencing a silenced form of Aboriginality in the southern areas of Canada. When she began to write about her own ancestors, ... 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 

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 

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 

Maya Gupta

Maya Gupta

Maya Gupta is in her second year at the University of Alberta studying math and philosophy. This past year she was pleased to win the CLC poetry contest and to have her poem published ... 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 

Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison’s eight books include the Governor General’s Award–finalist Big Breath of a Wish, and Hero of the Play, the first book of poetry launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He teaches English and Creative Writing ... Read More 

Malik Hinton

Malik Hinton

At eighteen, and after a very successful high school performing arts tenure, Malik is diving head first into the real world of professional theatre, spoken word and all around performing arts! He considers it ... Read More 

Liz Howard

Liz Howard

Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. It was also a finalist for the 2015 ... Read More 

Joel Katelnikoff

Joel Katelnikoff

Joel Katelnikoff works on Inhabitations: A Recombinant Theory Project. The project remixes the work of contemporary writers of poetry and poetics, using techniques conventionally associated with plagiarism and piracy in order to develop new collaborative ... 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 

Ariel Kroon

Ariel Kroon

Ariel Kroon is a PhD student in English at the University of Alberta, where she studies post-apocalyptic Canadian genre literature. In a previous life, she was the Art & Literature section editor of Paper Droids, ... Read More 

Ben Ladoceur

Ben Ladouceur

Ben Ladouceur is a writer living in Ottawa. His first collection of poems, Otter (Coach House Books), was selected as a best book of 2015 by the National Post, nominated for a 2016 Lambda Literary ... 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 

Curtis LeBlanc

Curtis LeBlanc

Curtis LeBlanc was born and raised in St. Albert, AB. In 2016, his poetry won the Readers’ Choice Award in the Arc Poem of The Year Contest and was shortlisted for The Walrus Poetry Prize as well as CV2’s ... 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 

Pearl Lorentzen

Pearl Lorentzen

Pearl Lorentzen is fascinated with creativity, culture, and language in various motley and marvelous forms. In her last year at U of A, she is studying, Linguistics, Creative Writing, and Japanese. Since the fall, ... 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 

Micheline Maylor

Micheline Maylor

Micheline Maylor’s newest collection, titled Little Wildheart, was recently short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry and deals with existentialism, the environment, and transcendence. She will be the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence in ... 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 

Jane Munro

Jane Munro

Jane Munro’s sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006). Her ... Read More 

Nanise

Nanise

With wolf-esque eyes and dimples as deep as the sea, she opens the vault to spill out a little poetry; all while flying by the seat of her pants . A swareee of many ... Read More 

David Oberholtzer

David Oberholtzer

David Oberholtzer has been a teacher of English, Latin, Creative Writing and Communications for 35 years in both rural and urban high schools. For this effort he has twice been rewarded the Provincial Teaching ... Read More 

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

An Edmontonian by birth, but raised and currently living in Calgary, Tyler Perry is a poet and English teacher who has traveled as far as Japan to perform his poetry, and is thrilled to ... 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 

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 

Floyd Robert-Maduekwe

Floyd Robert-Maduekwe

Floyd Robert-Maduekwe is currently a student at the University of Alberta. He is a poet, writer, actor, designer, and an aspiring renaissance being. Floyd’s writings have been published in several magazines. He is currently ... Read More 

Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield is Red River Metis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and to the Metis community of Kinesota, Manitoba. He has taught First Nations ... 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 

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 

Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas is a Mi’kmaw woman living in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). She is the daughter of a residential school survivor. Rebecca is outspoken when it comes to confronting Indigenous stereotypes, as well as educating her ... Read More 

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp

2017 Writer in Residence Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. An internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, he is also a writer of ... 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 

Donovan Waskahat

Donovan Waskahat

Donovan Waskahat is Nehiyawak. He is a talented wordsmith who uses various storytelling art forms to share his stories, history, and feelings. His strength, wisdom, and sense of humour are infused in his art. ... Read More