Magpie Ulysses is a dynamic performance poet and storyteller known for charming and slaying her audiences with intense stage presence and thoughtful insight about humanity. Her “confessional poems hit hard and take the reader through intense visceral terrain, but never wallow” (Robert Priest, NOW magazine). Magpie began performing poems at the age of 17 in Calgary, Alberta.
She has performed across North America at hundreds of events, sold close to 1000 chapbooks from her own hands, is a veteran of the Vancouver poetry slam, where she was a member of two national champion Vancouver poetry slam teams and was the winner of Vancouver’s 2008 CBC poetry Face off. Magpie was recently named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian festival of Spoken word (2012).
So much of her work surrounds the things we don’t say. She speaks on the topics of history, science, love, exploration, abuse, addictions, environmentalism, human triumph, sacrifice and struggle. She has been called “an anthropologist of the heart who doesn’t apologize for her vastness when she sets fire to the shade you took for shelter from this thing we call living.”
Magpie is currently living in Nelson, BC where she is working on a project on behalf of the Canada Council for the Arts about storytelling, adaptations, and human struggle from her experiences of hitch hiking more than 25,000 kilometers in her late teens and early twenties.