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.
Amanda is the shade of blue that lingers before the sun rises. She is a settler on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people, with familial Hakka roots. She is a poet, performer, and an advocate that has competed in various national slam poetry festivals across Canada. Amanda often writes about her struggles with schizoaffective disorder, her bicultural identity, and her experiences of being a queer woman. She studies psychology at the University of British Columbia but still doesn’t understand the complexity of her own human emotions. When needed, she can be found looking for snails after it rains.
After becoming the youngest poet to win a provincial and national spoken word championship in the same year (2014), Andrew Warner has published four collections of poetry, toured in 25+ cities, graduated college at 19, and created his first cinematic poem, Mangoes, on Button Poetry, the world’s largest online channel for spoken word.
Starring in Shane Koyczan’s cinematic short Heaven or Whatever in 2015, Andrew was inspired to create poetic work for online audiences. Mangoes is currently in its sixth film festival under official selection, and four other poems from Andrew’s published collection will be films by the end of 2018.
Angelica “Angeliquoi?” Poversky is a spoken word poet, an interdisciplinary artist, organizer and a general loud mouth clown. Her work frequently is situated between art, activism and delight. She’s shared the stage with clowns, comedians, politicians, scientists and rabbis. She’s the coach and organizer of UBC slam poetry team and is part of the clown-poetry nationally touring trio, The Tiny Tricycle Poets. Her cine-poem “Entropy of Forgiveness” has been screened in festivals in Germany, Ireland and California and was chosen as a winner for the Inspire Wellness Challenge hosted by Adobe Project 1324 and Born This Way Foundation.
Moses Brown Andeku, who performs as Bruni Kor, was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents immigrated to North America from Uganda in the late 80’s, seeking refuge after a military coup. Kor grew up in a large immediate family as the youngest of sixteen siblings. Raised in an Islamic household with strong African Cultural beliefs. He was fortunate to have lived all over the lower main land around different cultures and ethnicities. Witnessing the spectrum of precarious street activity to affluent domestic suburbs. Which he references as the source of his musical influences and inspirations. He was an average student who enjoyed writing, first stories and poems, and then lyrics. As a child he was always interested in music, however he only began to put his lyrics to music in his late adolescence. Kor has released music under the name Kor Kase, growing a following on YouTube. He is currently working on his debut full length recording, UGX, Underground X, which will be released in the summer of 2019.
Deanna Shields is the founder of Afro Van Connect, Community Activist, Musician, Designer, Marketing and Events Coordinator. Deanna was born to a single mother shortly after her immigration to Brampton, Ontario from Jamaica. She was raised in a Christian household and was exposed to live music early on by her grandfather who was a reggae – gospel guitarist and vocalist. She eventually began performing with her church choir and discovered a profound connection to healing through the culture.
As an Emcee under the stage name ebonEmpress, Deanna aims to share her lived experience as an African-Jamaican-Canadian with her community. She is Bassist and Front Woman for Ital Blue formed in 2017. Ital Blue strives to spread awareness about the injustice that African communities face to this day, and to show the impact that people of African Descent have had on Canadian culture, and cultures around the world. In service of this goal, Ital Blue actively spreads the ideals of great civil rights leaders such as Nora Hendrix, Eleanor Collins, and Marcus Garvey: messages of hope, unity, love, and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race.
Part explorer, part puzzle-master, Elision will take you on an intimate examination of life’s feedback loops. Combining incisive popular culture references with discrete imagery, they seek to decipher abstract concepts bringing cohesion to the listener’s ear through experimental hip-hop.
Franz (the poet)
Franz (the poet) is a writer, performer, arts community advocate, workshop facilitator and yoga instructor. A Surrey girl, she can be found at Kwantlen Polytechnic University finishing her B.A. in Creative Writing, organizing and coaching Slamapalooza and creating space for BIPOC artists to thrive. Her mission is to use creativity to foster connection and to bring people together by doing the thing with the words. She’s happy that there is air in your lungs and you chose to witness these words. She hopes your dreams are still alive and well.
Holden Wall is a performance poet whose passion for community building and community care has pulled him away from the stage and into various organizing roles for several years. On the stage, he speaks nonsense, hope, healing, and identity, and has done so intermittently since 2015. Outside of his four jobs, he spends most of his time at the library, reading and learning about various forms of radical love. He is forever learning how to exist in a marginalized body on stolen land, and is in the process of accepting what it means for him to be a mixed descendant of assimilated immigrants. Holden is teaching himself to accept that he is enough as he is, while simultaneously always trying to do better, heal, and learn.
Julia is a published writer, performance poet, multi-disciplinary artist, and educator. She has toured her poetry nationally and internationally at conferences, in theatres, art galleries, restaurants, burlesque shows, poetry slams, high schools, senior living homes, writing festivals, on radio programs, and podcasts. She was a top 10 finalist at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (2017).
To whom this may concern, you have found yourself amongst the company of a soccer fiend, dedicated beer consumer, wanna rock star, and, apparently, racially ambiguous child. Justine is dabbling in cognitive systems before hopefully studying abroad in Germany, and looking to get into med school in order to fulfill an ultimate desire: to better understand the human brain. It is Justine’s dream to combine her love for soccer with her passion to understand the connection between brain injuries and longterm psychological damage.
Kiran Shoker is a poet, artist, and educator located in Vancouver, Canada. Kiran seeks to empower, educate, and elucidate through her poetry and writing, as well as through her pedagogy. Much of her poetry focuses around themes of diaspora, love, culture, and womanhood. She has competed successfully in various Slam Poetry Competitions in Edmonton and Vancouver, is a poet and representative for the South Asian community in Calgary, and is always seeking new opportunities.
LJ Weisberg is a non-binary queer poet and artist currently living in Vancouver, BC. They are a second year student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, looking towards a major in creative writing. Since moving to Vancouver in September last fall, they have performed in Mashed Poetics, The Growing Room Festival and Vancouver Poetry Slam’s Finals. This summer they travelled to Voices of Today with the Vancouver Youth Slam Team and performed in Toronto on the national stage. In their spare time, they enjoy longboarding, creating art and learning inside and outside of their classes.
Vienna Claire Jeffery is a nationally recognized slam poet, writer, and comedian currently residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations (Vancouver, Canada), as well as a Sociology student at the University of British Columbia. Writing and performing since the age of fifteen, Vienna has been a member of the Vancouver Youth Slam Poetry Team for two years, a past performer in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the poet laureate of her hometown of Mission, British Columbia. Today she is a member of the UBC Slam Poetry Team, the UBC representative for the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, and the current Vice President of the UBC Slam Poetry Club. Vienna combines poetry and comedy in her writing to share her childlike wonder of all things, advocating through both performance and page the unrestricted adoration of the mundane and familiar and the importance of loving one another endlessly and entirely. Tackling topics near and dear to her heart, such as illness, trauma, family, and love, Vienna incorporates the beautiful and the funny to reveal the bright, the romantic, the ridiculous and the lovable within every story, most especially her own.
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