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run time : 30 MIN (5 Minutes each artist)
themes: gender & sexuality, racial equality, politcs of people of colour, immigrant journey, love, 

THE MARGINS - (P)oets (O)f (C)olor Showcase curated by FEATHER & ANCHOR FEATURES Canada's leading voices from the poet of colour communities. Many of these poets have performed together on many stages for many OCCASIONS, but this showcase promises to be a true celebration of community and identity.


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NASRA is a queer, Muslim, Oromo artist, organizer, and activist living in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory.

They were the Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2016 to 2017 and are currently the director of Sister to Sister, an artist collective for/by femmes and women of colour. They are also the festival director of Black Arts Matter—Alberta’s interdisciplinary Black arts festival—and were the 2017 recipient of the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award.

NASRA’s is set to release their first poetry chapbook A God Dance in Human Cloth with Glass Buffalo in 2018 and is fiercely curious and a passionate curator of magic.
ig @nasraad





Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet residing in Kitchener-Waterloo. an active arts organizer. Bashar is been the co-artistic director of the Kitchener Waterloo Poetry Slam. He is also the organizer of Tea + Art, a writing workshop series for Non-binary and Women of Colour.

bashar has competed on a national level at the Canadian Individual poetry slam, and a team member representing Kitchener-waterloo at the canadian festival of spoken word. His poetry has become a staple at the many festivals of Kitchener-Waterloo and southwest Ontario, including Cherry Festival, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street.  

his work uses the mundane to give you a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a deeply personal storyteller. His debut book has been funded by Ontario Arts Council, Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and Public Interest Research Groups, and will be released in mid 2018.

ig @basharlulujabbour


Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom.

It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light.

She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.
ig @dwennimmen



or nearly as long as Brandon has been performing, he has been teaching the art of writing poetry. Over time, his approach to teaching has grown, shifted, and refined itself according to the influences of his university education, and the teachings of admirable poets he befriended.

Brandon is well known for blending an academically grounded approach to poetry, which he inherited in his several years of study as an Honours English student at Carleton University, with a spiritual-emotional approach. Brandon gives his students the ability to understand the fundamental structure of free verse poetry in a way that is coherent, accessible, and grounded in his own experience. These technical tenets are joined by a strong emphasis on authenticity, sincerity and the exploration of personal narrative.

As an arts-educator, Brandon firmly believes that poetry is, ultimately, an act of telling the truth. He helps his students arrive at their personal truths and distill them into evocative, satisfying poetic verse.
ig @brandonwintpoet



Lady Vanessa Cardona is a Colombian spoken word artist, activist, story teller, theatre practitioner and photographer.  She aims to create unapologetic honest art based on genuine life experience as a first generation, immigrant woman living in Turtle Island. She started her spoken word career in Windhoek, Namibia and furthered herself in Edmonton/Treaty 6 territory. 

Lady was part of the 2016 Semi Finalist Canadian National Edmonton slam team and the 2017 Finalist Canadian National Edmonton Slam team. She has written and performed her own one woman show called "Three Ladies" at the Edmonton Found Festival of 2017. She is also a co-creator and performer of "Whiteface". She features in the published book, "Water" and is in the process of publishing her Chapbook, "La Sangre Lllama". Lady is also the 2018 Edmonton Individual Slam Champion.

Lady believes in the healing powers art provides for our community. Healing is not polite, art allows us to be the frankest versions of ourselves so that we may strengthen our souls, minds and the community around us. Art is where we come together through unity of purpose. 

ig @ladragonalady