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.
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.
BASHAR LULU JABBOUR
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.
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.