World of Poetry

The World of Poetry is an interactive and intimate part of the Richmond World Festival.  A line-up of many well recognized, witty and entertaining poets will keep your fingers snapping with their cunning word play and hearts throbbing with their stories. Get ready to listen to spoken word by artists with lightning fast words on the Global Village Stage, at the library,  and as part of the PopUp Poet team.

Andrew Warner

Andrew Warner is a national youth champion in poetry slam competitions, but a wildly queer stand up performer in person. His latest book Not for Everyone, But for Someone is a collection of poems about the love life of Andrew after he was diagnosed with OCD (and more!).

Angelica Poversky

Angelica Poversky is a spoken word poet from Richmond, BC. She is infused by words, clown, comedy, and mixed media experimentation. She was humbled to receive Richmond’s Arts Award in 2015. A collaborative spoken word film she recently conceptualized, The Entropy of Forgiveness, won the Adobe Project 1324 and Born This Way Foundation Inspire Wellness Challenge. Keep your eyes peeled for her to pop-up and perform this piece live at The Richmond World Festival.

Anjalica Solomon

If Anjalica was a song she would be stuck in your head.
If Anjalica was a book she would be open.
If she was an organ she would be a beating heart, pinned to a sleeve.

Anjalica is the author of Looking Within the Labyrinth a self-published poetry chapbook that explores the nature of separation and the labyrinth of one’s own resilience. This year she was a member of the UBC Slam competitive team and had the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in several national festivals. She is an organizer of the UBC Slam poetry scene and was the editor of this year’s collective chapbook The Year We Became. Anjalica is also proud to be ½ of the musical poetic duo, Velveteen Queens. When Anjalica is not writing poetry, she is hidden in her room making collages with re-appropriated vintage magazines. If you want more of her poetry and art, you can follow her on Instagram @anjalica_.


Bwanaz (Brandon Bwanakocha) is a storyteller, poet and mbira player who was born and raised in Zimbabwe. He brings a unique touch to the world of poetry by combining his spoken word with live background tunes of ancient Zimbabwean songs to add “ a little spirituality” to his words. He performs his pieces while playing his instrument because he believes that the sound of his instrument helps in establishing a connection with his audience as he performs. Bwanaz is currently an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia in the faculty of Applied Science (Engineering). He’s featured at events like Africa Awareness Initiative Conference Week, the African Business Forum and UBC Jumpstart. Bwanaz hopes to change lives through his poetry.

Duncan Shields

Vancouver, British Columbia’s Duncan Shields is a 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Haiku Champion, two-time Vancouver Haiku Champion, two-time Vancouver Nerd Slam Champion, two-time Vancouver Poetry Slam team member, two-time Ghost Story Slam Champion, two-time Vancouver Poetry Slam Master, one-time Vancouver Poetry House President, the originator of the popular Vancouver Poetry Slam YouTube channel, and the only poet in the world to officially complete the Century Challenge twice. He’s happy to be here. (bio photo by Wayne A Hoecherl)


Elisha is a spoken word artist influenced by the high art and alternative hip hop sounds coming from Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis Minnesota. Elisha uses their music and poetry to unravel their Dallas, Texas roots and to spread love in the communities they belong to.

Erin Kirsh

Erin Kirsh is a writer and performer living in Vancouver. A pushcart prize nominee, her work has been published in The Malahat Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, EVENT, subTerrain and more. Visit her at

Julia Pileggi

Julia is a published writer, spoken word poet, theatre artist, and educator dedicated to sharing vulnerability. She gives voice to themes including self-worth, relationships, family, and (more times than intended) food. Julia has performed her poetry at art galleries, salons, burlesque shows, poetry slams, high schools, and writing festivals. In 2017 she came in third at the Canadian Underground Indies, toured her poetry throughout Canada, and placed in the top 10 at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. She has represented Vancouver nationally and internationally on the VanSlam team in 2017 and Team Slamapalooza in 2016. Julia is also one half of the six year long writing project, through which she hosts readings, writing groups, and writer’s workouts. See more at or @juliapileggipoetry on Instagram.


As a part-time poet and full-time footie fanatic, this former soccer player is now converting her experience of six concussions into slick words to be recorded beyond the midnight hour.

Mariah Lynne Dear

Mariah Lynne Dear is a majestic woman who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a poet, a nonfiction writer, a feminist, a nanny, and a writing workshop facilitator. Since her spoken word poetry debut at age seventeen, she has travelled across Canada competing both individually and as a team representing the city of Vancouver. You can find out what Mariah is currently working on at!

Matt Loeb

Matt Loeb is the stage ego piloting the unhealthy flesh machine designated Matthew Loeb by it’s on purpose creators. A finalist at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2014 and 2017 Matt’s particular brand of comedic and nonsensical poetry has carried him to stages across the country. Active in poetry on and off the stage Matt’s work has been featured on Io9 and he is the founder of The Windsor Poetry Slam. More recently you can find him monthly at The Rio Theater as part of Vancouver’s number 1 storytelling game-show Story Story Lie. With more irons in the fire than a blacksmith with a cooking show you can find out more of what he’s up to at


Nadia is a poet, painter, procrastinator! She is a soon-to-be student at Emily Carr University and loves to spend her time creating art, blowing bubbles in the park, and contemplating the realities in her head.


Half heart and half politics, Swabski is a rapper who expresses social issues through his art of hip hop in an uplifting way.

Tasha Receno

Tasha Receno is a spoken word artist as well as a fiction and non-fiction writer from Vancouver, BC. She was crowned the Vancouver Poetry Slam Champion in 2015 and 2016. She represented Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014 and the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team in 2015 at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She placed in the finals at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2015, placed 3rd out of 40 poets across the nation in 2016. She also represented Vancouver at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in New York, and has performed on CBC News. She is currently taking a break from her BA in Creative Writing to see where poetry, and life, take her.


Lutselk’e Dene and Plains Cree poet, Tawahum Justin Bige resides on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory colonially-known-as Vancouver. Published in Red Rising Magazine, Oratorealis, Pulp Magazine and Yellow Medicine Review, Tawahum’s poetry stokes the sacred fire of resurgence and decolonization on occupied Turtle Island. Their writing deeps into the valleys of healing intergenerational trauma, up the rocky cliffs of reconnecting with culture and against the solid concrete city streets of colonization. They’ve featured on stages including Talking Stick, Verses, and Drum-is-Calling festivals. In their 4th year of studies toward a BA in Creative Writing at KPU in BC, Tawahum hopes to publish a book of poetry by his graduation in 2019. They invite you to join them on a journey that is both emotionally personal and deeply political.

Tiny Tricycle Poets

The Tiny Tricycle Poets have shared the stage with clowns, musicians, rabbis, scientists and politicians. They are a traveling clown comedy poetry group that has made its way across Canada this summer, and across the Pacific Northwest in 2017. The three best friends are made up of national slam champions, provincial spoken word champions and one bacon slam champion.


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