Buddy Wakefield Photo

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 as Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 2000 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He has not yet stopped.

The first author released on Write Bloody Publishing and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions.

Having spent most of his career based in Seattle, WA, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, a notably slow triathlete, a facilitator at Quantum Learning Network, and is the most toured performance poet in history.

Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart. He is now based out of Los Angeles, CA where he lives as a free agent pursuing acting and screenwriting for both television and film.

Charlie C Petch Photo Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host (Lupercalia heyoo) and musical saw player. Petch is touring two spoken word theatre pieces, their multimedia piece "Daughter Of Geppetto and their vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals.  Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series

www.charliecpetch.com

Estefania Alfonso Falcon

(they/she/he), also known as yes, is a radical genderfluid queer cubanx migrant, poet, tattoo artist, educator, and activist living in and around Kiji’buktuk (Halifax) in Mi’kma’ki, after spending the last five years in the Dish With One Spoon, or many (Toronto).

as and organizer and member of community, they’ve worked with No One Is Illegal - Toronto, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, the End Immigration Detention Network, the Spoken Word Canada board, One Mic Educators 2.0, and they are a founding member of the Voices of Today national youth slam festival organizing committee, which they are celebrating their final year with in 2019, as they age out of youth organizing.

yes’s poetry is a blend of vulnerable rage and self-celebrating humour. they believe in the destruction of the heteropatriarchy, borders, and the capitalist police state. their intention is to learn so loudly that others have no choice but to follow suit, and they’re just so stoked for our collective growth.

Photo: Nang K'uulas (Patrick Shannon)

Lorri Neilsen Glenn PhotoLorri Neilsen Glenn is a poet, essayist, teacher, researcher and editor. Her fourteen titles include a mixed-genre exploration of her Métis ancestry, Following the River: Traces of Red River Women, a finalist for the Evelyn Richardson award and the winner of Miramichi’s 2018 award for nonfiction; the popular anthology Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s; a bricolage work of lyric essays, Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry; and poetry collections Lost Gospels and Combustion. Her award-winning creative nonfiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. Lorri has served as juror on a number of national and regional writing competitions and has organized and taught writing workshops in Australia, Greece, Ireland, Chile and most Canadian provinces. She is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University, a mentor in the University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction MFA program and has received awards for her innovative teaching, research and her work in the arts.

Find her @neilsenglenn.

 

 

 

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