Authors & Headliners
Ian Keteku is a poet, writer, multimedia artist and educator living in Toronto. He is the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion. His work is committed to using words as both an interpretation and cure for the human condition. He conducts poetry, writing and performance workshops for students of all ages, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice. His debut poetry book Black Abacus is published by Write Bloody North (2019).
His works in multimedia communicate a wide array of emotions and messages. He has written and produced a number of animated poems and web-series attempting to give a voice to newcomer and immigrant youth. His award winning short films and cinepoems (spoken word and film) integrate film, dance, sound design and music.
He teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. In his courses students explore writing practices in multiple genres which have been successful in engaging community ideas, critiquing society, and addressing issues at the artistic and activist levels. Utilizing artistic tools as a catalyst of social change and action.
As an arts educator, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of schools within Canada, working with tens of thousands of students.
As a facilitator in such diverse settings he adapts his teaching techniques to accommodate students with different learning styles and readiness. He is interested in creating spaces where students are able to experience vulnerability while also feeling honoured. To enable storytelling centered on the transformative power of community and personal growth.