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Paige Ackerson-Kiely
Vermont poet and novelist Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her work.
Rae Armantrout
"Incisive, chilling poetry" from Rae Armantrout, Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego.
C.R. Avery
C.R Avery is a dynamic poet and performer, influenced by blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock and roll.

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Roo Borson
Roo Borson has been awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award, among other honours.
Tim Bowling
Tim Bowling is a winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and four Alberta Book Awards.
Suzanne Buffam
Suzanne Buffam's second collection, The Imperfectionist, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Afua Cooper
Afua Cooper performs work in the African-Caribbean poetry genre, Dub poetry.

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Shauntay Grant
Shauntay's poetry and music have been featured nationally on radio and television, and in several anthologies.
Danielle Gregoire
Danielle has been active in the Ottawa poetry scene for many years, including performances in the finals of Capital Slam.

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Phil Hall
Governor General award-winning poet Phil Hall lives near Perth, Ontario.
Helen Humphreys
Winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Helen is a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer.

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In/Words
In/Words 11.1 Launch with Carleton University readers.

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Ian Keteku
Ian conducts poetry workshops for youth and community groups, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice.

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Dennis Lee
Dennis Lee is considered a pioneer in Canadian letters, and is the author of more than twenty books for adults and children.
Philip Levine
Philip Levine's "work is so emotionally intense, and yet so controlled, so concentrated, that the accumulative effect ... can be shattering."
Tim Lilburn
Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Kill-site, Tim is the the author of 8 books of poetry.
Pura López-Colomé
Cuernavaca, Mexico poet Pura López-Colomé's new bilingual collection, Watchword, is being published this winter.

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Mike McGee
“Mighty” Mike McGee is an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic.
Barry McKinnon
Barry McKinnon's work has won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award and the bp Nichol Chapbook Award.
Susan McMaster
Susan McMaster is the President of the League of Canadian Poets and author or editor of some two dozen books, magazines, and anthologies.
Christian McPherson
Christian McPherson is the author of four books and has been shortlisted for the ReLit Award.

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Ikenna Onyegbula
Ikenna 'OpenSecret' Onyegbula is a two time Canadian National slam team champion, and the 2011 Canadian Individual Slam Poetry Champion.

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Taqralik Partridge
Speaking to city life in the south, Taqralik weaves real-life stories with rhyme, lullaby, and Inuit throat singing.
Pearl Pirie
Pearl Pirie’s poetry is quirky and compassionate and has a way of finding the most interesting conjunction between words.

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Shane Rhodes
Winner of an Alberta Book Award for poetry, two Lampman-Scott Awards, the P. K. Page Founder’s Award for Poetry, among others.
Ursula Rucker
American spoken word artist Ursula Rucker will perform from her diverse repertoire Saturday, and give a workshop Sunday.

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Gregory Scofield
A leading aboriginal writer, Gregory's unique reading style blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language.
Rachael Simpson
Rachael Simpson has been published in Canada and the United States and was most recently included in Canadian Poetry: Pith & Wry, by Your Scrivener Press.

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Bruce Taylor
Conversational yet elegant, cycling between humour and gravitas, Bruce's poems reveal unsuspected worlds within worlds.
Paul Tyler
Paul Tyler's debut poetry collection, A Short History of Forgetting, won the 2011 Archibald Lampman Award.

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Urban Legends
12 poets take the stage to battle it out before the audience and judges in a contest of performance, poetry and passion.

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Fred Wah
Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Fred Wah is the author of numerous books of poetry, along with prose and essays.
Women Slam Winners
The four top poets from January's Women's Slam Championship show off their work in a featured reading.

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Youth Slam Winners
Don't let their ages (as young as 13) fool you: these five poets are seasoned performers whose team pieces will blow you away.