2019 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 

Alex Allen

Alex Allen

Alex Allen’s work is informed by her lived experience with chronic illness. She is interested in narrative structures surrounding illness and disability––particularly those that depict the body as inhabiting a fixed and separate state. ... Read More 

Maria Barbu

Maria Barbu

Maria Barbu has studied creative writing and spoken-word performance in classes and workshops facilitated by Marilyn Dumont, Denise Duhamel and Arthur Flowers. She is currently making sense of what it means to be in ... 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 

Astrid Blodgett

Astrid Blodgett

Astrid Blodgett’s short stories have appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology, Meltwater: Fiction and Poetry from the Banff Centre for the Arts, and several Canadian literary magazines. She was short-listed for the Writers’ Guild ... Read More 

Mila Bongco-Philipzig

Mila Bongco-Philipzig

Mila Bongco-Philipzig was born in Manila, Philippines and arrived in Edmonton in 1984 with a grant for graduate studies at the University of Alberta. After completing her master’s, she moved to Germany on a ... 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 

Paige Cardinal

Paige Cardinal

Paige Cardinal is a nêhiyaw-iskwêw and mother from Wabasca-Desmarais, Alta. – Bigstone Cree Nation. She is an artist, a writer, and a photographer who has a passion for birth work. She holds a Bachelor ... Read More 

Cikwes

Cikwes

Cikwes is a Nehiyaw soul singer and songwriter. Her musical background is rooted in Woodland Cree traditions, with creative influences ranging from experimental over tone singing, jazz, soul, r’ n’ b and reggae. Cikwes ... 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 

James Collier

James Collier

James Collier is a writer from Edmonton currently studying film and creative writing at the University of Alberta. Their work has appeared in Glass Buffalo and the Hart House Review. One of the few ... Read More 

Cobra Collins

Cobra Collins

Cobra Collins was was the captain and coach of Calgary’s 2016 Slam team, representing Calgary on a national level at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and was a member of Calgary’s Inkspot Spoken ... 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 

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 

Alyson Davies

Alyson Davies

Alyson Davies is an Alberta-based interdisciplinary visual artist who loves working collaboratively. She received a BFA from the University of Alberta in 2014. She’s a member and founder of the artist collective Tennis Club. ... Read More 

Cristian de la Luna

Cristian De La Luna

Cristian De La Luna was born in Colombia. When he landed in Canada, he started to write songs and poems inspirited sometimes by nostalgia sometimes by the excitement. The troublesome story of his exile ... Read More 

Dan Dennis (2 Moods)

Dan Dennis (2 Moods)

Beaucoup ne le savent peut-être pas, mais le mot RAP signifie rythme et poésie, car le rap est avant tout l’expression de ses sentiments ou de ceux des autres. 2Moods est un artiste Franco ... Read More 

Chelsea Dingman

Chelsea Dingman

Chelsea Dingman’s first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). She is also the author of the chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved ... Read More 

Selassie Drah

Selassie Drah

Selassie Drah is a recording hip-hop artist and lyricist, originally from Ghana and now based in Edmonton, Alberta. Their earnest lyrics draw listeners into their world, making them a very relatable and heart-felt artist. ... 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 

Luciana Erregue

Luciana Erregue-Sacchi

Luciana Erregue is a Canadian-Argentinian art historian, writer, and editor. Her poetry and creative non-fiction essays have appeared in the anthologies Looking Back, Moving Forward (Mawenzi House, 2018), Relatos Entrecruzados (Editorial Mapalé, 2020), and ... 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 

Omar Farah

Omar Farah

Omar Farah is a 22 year old Somali-Canadian Poet, Engineer-in-training, community builder, and all around “homie”. Although he is relatively new to the spoken word scene, Omar has managed to make a name for ... Read More 

Adèle Fontaine

Adèle Fontaine

Passionnée par les livres, les mots, les histoires et le théâtre, Adèle Fontaine a mené plusieurs carrières : travailleuse sociale, aide-bibliothécaire et enseignante. Aujourd’hui, à 79 ans, elle continue à enseigner. Elle dit que ... Read More 

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines is an award-winning fiction author and poet, the co-host of the poetry podcast, Let’s Get Lit and a former executive director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. In 2018, she was a feature ... Read More 

Alexis Hillyard

Alexis Hillyard

Alexis Hillyard is a YouTube Creator, self-taught vegan chef, and entrepreneur. Born without her left hand, Alexis uses her stump as a kitchen tool – from spatula to juicer – while expanding the vocabulary ... Read More 

Doyali Islam

Doyali Islam

Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, March 2019). In 2017, she was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, where she discussed with Michael Enright the impact of her ... Read More 

Ellen Kartz

Ellen Kartz

Born and raised in Edmonton, Ellen lived in Calgary for four years while completing her BA. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. As ... 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 

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 

Lindsay Knox

Lindsay Knox

Lindsay Knox is an Edmonton-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice employs drawing, painting, textile and ceramics. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the The University of Victoria in 2006 and holds a Master ... 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 

Houssem Ben Lazreg

Houssem Ben Lazreg

Houssem Ben Lazreg is currently a PhD candidate, a freelance translator/interpreter, a teaching assistant for French/Arabic at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, and a French language ... Read More 

Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, teacher and critic with an MFA from the University of Guelph. Frequently anthologized, her work has been translated into Spanish and Italian. She is the author of the ... Read More 

Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. Blackbird Song is his third poetry collection, following his previous works Under the Night Sun and Gift of the Hawk. His work ... Read More 

Michael B. MacDonald

Michael B. MacDonald

Michael B. MacDonald is an award-winning filmmaker, ciné-ethnomusicologist, and associate professor of music in the MacEwan University Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research areas include screen production research, ... Read More 

MelAfrique

MelAfrique

MelAfrique is a band formed in 2016. The name is a condensed form of the term “Melanin from Africa”. They play variety of genres: Jazz, R&B, Neo-soul, and they refer to their sound as ... 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 

Lisa Mulrooney

Lisa Mulrooney

Lisa Mulrooney is Poet Laureate for the Town of Stony Plain (2019-2021). She is the co-founder and President of Parkland Poets’ Society and serves on the boards of both Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets Society ... Read More 

Hilary Mussel

Hilary Mussel

Hilary Mussel is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Edmonton, Alberta. She grew up on an acreage in rural Alberta and spent most of her youth outdoors and in her imagination. Her work is ... Read More 

Adriana Onita

Adriana Oniță

Adriana Oniță is a Romanian-Canadian poet, founder of The Polyglot, a multilingual magazine of poetry and art. She writes poetry in English, Spanish, Romanian, French, and Italian. Her passion for languages has led her ... Read More 

Barra Ó Scannláin

Barra Ó Scannláin

Barra Ó Scannláin comes from Dún na nGall (Donegal) in the Northwest of Ireland, and has recently arrived in Edmonton to teach Irish language and culture courses at the University of Alberta. A graduate ... Read More 

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose. Her latest collection of poems is Dear Ghost, (Buckrider Books, 2017) and the upcoming anthology of memoirs she is editing is called ... Read More 

Arleen Paré

Arleen Paré

Arleen Paré is a Victoria writer. She has 5 collections of poetry, two of which are cross-genre. She has been short-listed for the BC Dorothy Livesay BC Award for Poetry, and has won the ... 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 

Rebecca Pickard

Rebecca Pickard

Rebecca Pickard is a self taught multi-media artist and educator from treaty six territory. She has taught over 5 years of visual art to students at Victoria school of the Arts, and has participated ... Read More 

Zach Polis

Zach Polis

Zach Polis is the City of St. Albert’s poet laureate, acting as a literary and cultural ambassador for the Greater Edmonton Area. He has performed in New York City, as well as on CBC ... Read More 

Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell is a writer living on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Alberta. His work has appeared in CV2, The Malahat Review, PRISM International, and Poetry is Dead. He is Interviews Editor for Glass ... Read More 

Virginie Rainville

Virginie Rainville

Virginie est une artiste francophone multidisciplinaire née à Ste-Aurélie, dans la région de la Beauce, au Québec. Elle a étudié le design de présentation et la création multimédia à Ste-Foy et Lévis. Comme artiste ... 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 

Galen Scorer

Galen Scorer

Galen Scorer is currently a Video Art Director at Electronic Arts. With over 18 years of experience in digital entertainment, technology, marketing, video games and film, Galen has worked with some of the world’s ... 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 

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 

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga is a writer and performer whose work has graced stages and pages across the globe. Through her practice, she grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness ... Read More 

Matthew Stepanic

Matthew Stepanic

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo and the poetry editor of Eighteen Bridges. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Is Dead, The Fiddlehead, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, and ... 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 

Karen Unland

Karen Unland

Karen Unland is president of the Alberta Podcast Network, an initiative powered by ATB to build audiences for Alberta-made podcasts and connect their listeners to Alberta-based businesses and organizations. She also co-hosts That’s a ... Read More 

Gianmarco Visconti

Gianmarco Visconti

Gianmarco Visconti is an Ismaili poet from Edmonton. He was awarded the Glass Buffalo English Poetry Prize in 2016 and his poetry has appeared on buses and trains around Edmonton. In 2015, he received ... Read More 

Buddy Wakefield

Buddy Wakefield

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and has been signed to both Sage Francis’ Strange Famous Records as well ... Read More 

Natalie Wee

Natalie Wee

Natalie Wee is a queer Peranakan community-builder and the author of Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Born in Singapore to ... 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 

Nermeen Youssef

Nermeen Youssef

Nermeen Youssef is a multilingual poet documenting life through the lens of an expatriate scientist. Based in Edmonton, Nermeen’s work speaks to the multitudes of spaces and identities that she embodies every day, giving ... Read More