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Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed "Knowmadic" Ali is a multi-award winning Somali-born spoken word poet and serves as Edmonton's current Poet Laureate.

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Alex Manley
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*NEW* Winner of the 2012 Irving Layton Award for Fiction.

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Alice Notley
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A luminous American poet, Alice Notley has been publishing remarkable poetry for more than four decades.

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Allison LaSorda
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Allison LaSorda's debut, Stray , was published by icehouse poetry.

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Apollo the Child
English Local

Omnipresent poetic leader, Apollo the Child will enliven your hope

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Bassam
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Bassam is an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word.

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Billie the Kid
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Billie the Kid's poems play with metaphors to tell stories of friends and family, often while exploring the issues of cultural identity.

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Brandon Wint
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Brandon Wint's first print collection is Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020).

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Carolyn Marie Souaid
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Carolyn Marie Souaid is the author of seven books of poetry and her latest is This World We Invented from Brick.

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CauseMo
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A person with many talents and ailments, CauseMo is a warrior wielding art as both shield and sword.

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Chris Johnson
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*NEW* Chris Johnson works as the Managing Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine.

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Chris Tse
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Chris Tse is a former Canadian National Slam Champion and writes about identity, immigration, intimacy, and basketball.

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Christine McNair
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Ottawa poet Christine McNair's second poetry collection Charm came out from BookThug.

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Claire Kelly
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Edmonton poet Claire Kelly's collection, Maunder, is available from Palimpsest Press.

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Colette Bryce
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Colette Bryce is an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland.

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David Charette
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David Charette is a multi-talented artist working in visual arts, crafts, and traditional first nations singing & drumming.

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David Groulx
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Ottawa poet David Groulx speaks with black humour and raw beauty of the strength of scarred experience.

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Didi Jackson
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Didi Jackson"˜s debut collection of poems, Killing Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2020.

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Erin Mouré
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*TRANSLATOR-F* Erin Mouré is dedicated to poetry and the translation of poetry and poetics.

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Gary Barwin
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Award-winning poet Gary Barwin's most recent poetry collection is No TV for Woodpeckers (Buckrider Books)

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Hans Jongman
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Widely respected and widely published, Hans Jongman's haiku have humour and pathos. His latest comes from Catkin Press.

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Henry Beissel
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Henry Beissel celebrates the agonies and ecstasies of Canada in Cantos North (Guernica), one of 22 collections of poetry.

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Hoa Nguyen
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Hoa Nguyen's book Violet Energy Ingots was nominated for a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry.

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Holly Painter
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Holly Painter is a three-time Grand Slam Champion and current Director of the London Poetry Slam.

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Jamaal Jackson Rogers
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Jamaal Jackson Rogers is a nationally recognized artist, entrepreneur and arts educator, and Ottawa's English Poet Laureate.

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Jan Zwicky
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Jan Zwicky has published nearly twenty books of poetry and prose, most recently The Long Walk.

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Jasmine Dreame Wagner
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Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American writer, artist, and musician, and author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press).

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Jean Van Loon
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Jean Van Loon's lyrical poetry as historical biography Building on River (Cormorant Books) will take you away.

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Jeff Latosik
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Jeff Latosik's upcoming book, Dreampad, will be published in spring 2018.

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Jennifer Baker
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Jennifer Baker is a poet currently exploring the minutiae and hidden secrets of apology, growth, and acceptance.

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Kalli Dakos
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Kalli Dakos is the best-selling author of over 2,000 poems about elementary school life.

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Kama La Mackerel
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Kama La Mackerel is the co-founder of Qouleur and GENDER B(L)ENDER, based in Montréal.

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Kate Cayley
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Kate Cayley is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer, and the author of Other Houses (Brick Books).

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Klara du Plessis
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Our finite world is brimming with choices, possibilities, transformations suggests Ekke by du Plessis.

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Lady Vanessa Cardona
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Lady Vanessa Cardona is the 2018 Edmonton Individual Slam Champion.

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Louise Bernice Halfe
English Canada

Foundational poems of Sky Dancer are in her collected sôhkêyihta: The Poetry of Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe.

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Lynn Crosbie
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Lynn Crosbie's writing is unswerving in honesty and high in impact. Her latest book is The Corpses of the Future (Anansi).

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Major Jackson
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With his deeply-refined musicality, Major Jackson is a rich and complex American poet. Roll Deep is his latest.

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Mia Morgan
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Mia Morgan is the former OAR Magazine editor, and co-founder of Coven Editions.

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Miles Hodges
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New York-based performance poet Miles Hodges was named one of The Root's 100 Young Futurists.

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Natalie Wee
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Natalie Wee has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and two Pushcart Prizes.

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Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
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Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is an Innu poet-performer, actor, visual artist, and activist for Indigenous rights.

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Nathanaí«l Larochette
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Nathanaí«l Larochette has has represented Ottawa at the 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

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Nyla Matuk
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Nyla Matuk has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her most recent collection is Stranger (Véhicule Press).

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Peter Sirr
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Major Dublin poet Peter Sirr's fluent, lyrical poems in Sway have an affinity with the medieval troubadours he translates.

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Playto
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Panos (aka Playto) is a spoken word poet and co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective.

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Rachel McCrum
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Rachel McCrum "“ La Poésie Partout, Montréal

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Rasiqra Revulva
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*NEW* Rasiqra Revulva is a queer femme poet, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer.

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Robyn Schiff
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Robyn Schiff's A Woman of Property was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune.

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Sarah Kabamba
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Sarah Kabamba believes in the power of storytelling in constructing identity and exploring family, history, and culture.

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Sjón
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Celebrated Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist Sjón has been translated into 30 languages.

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Sneha Madhavan-Reese
English Local

Sneha Madhavan-Reese is the author of two poetry collections, Observing the Moon and Elementary Particles

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Steve McCaffery
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Steve McCaffery, of sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, has published Dark Ladies, Shakespeare erasures (Chax Pr, 2016).

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Valerie Charnish
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Valerie Charnish is a mentee of Arc Poetry Magazine's Poet-In-Residence Program.

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Victoria Gravesande
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Upcoming talent, Victoria Gravesande has always been inspired by literature and writing.

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Zee
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Zineb Nour is a spoken word artist and a student.

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