Anjalica Solomon

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Volunteer Coordinator

If Anjalica was a song she would be stuck in your head.

If Anjalica was a book she would be open.

Anjalica is a joyful and experimental poetress who resides on unceded land, colonially known as Vancouver BC. She plays with storytelling both on and off the page as a poet, loop pedalist, singer, and collage artist.

Anjalica is the author of Looking Within the Labyrinth a self-published poetry chapbook that explores the nature of separation and the labyrinth of one’s own resilience and has been published in local publications and zines.

She has been a member of the University of British Columbia Slam competitive team and has had the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in several national festivals. As an executive leader, she enjoys hosting slam poetry events and  facilitating workshops.

Chaeyeon Park

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Sponsorship Coordinator

Chaeyeon Park is the sponsorship coordinator for the 2019 Verses Festival of Words. Her work includes recruiting sponsorship from business leaders for the festival, and to make sure that all donations are used for helping artists and volunteers who make the best possible experiences for attendees.

Holden Wall

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Active Listener Coordinator

Holden Wall is a poet who has been active — sometimes — in the VanSlam community since 2015. He competed regularly in 2015 and 2016, was an Active Listener with the Verses Festival of Words in 2018, and will be coordinating Active Listeners with Verses this year. He’s got a lot of care for his community, loves public transit with his whole heart, and doesn’t know how to act in front of a camera. Thrilling!

Johnny Trinh

CIPS Tournament Director

Johnny David Trinh is an award winning, community-engaged, multi-disciplinary artist. Johnny’s primary practice is in spoken word poetry and storytelling. Trained as a theatre maker, writer, and musician, Johnny’s work explores culture, resistance, and seeks compassion despite conflict. Johnny has little interest in small talk, but a penchant for salty banter. Johnny is most interested in the work that happens after the poetry, the listening after the storytelling, the change after the catalyst. 

Highlights include:

Fever Rising (Headliner) – Shadbolt Centre, (Burnaby, BC)

Vancouver Queer Arts Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)

Saskatchewan Festival of Words (2017,2016,2015) 

Victorious Voices, Tongues of Fire (Victoria, BC)

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2016, 2015)

Pride Toronto (2016)

Seattle Poetry Slam (Seattle, WA)

Rain City Poetry Slam (Seattle, WA)

Toronto Poetry Slam (Toronto, ON)

shab-e she’r w/ Ayesha Chatterjee (Toronto, ON)

Tonight It’s Poetry (Saskatoon, SK)

Toronto Art Bar Poetry Series

Verses Festival- Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) Tournament Director 2019 & 2017, CIPS Finalist 2018 & 2016 

Regina Slam Champion 2016

Finalist- Capturing Fire 2016 & 2015 (Washington, DC)


Banff Centre for the Arts – Spoken Word Program 

MFA: Interdisciplinary Studies: Theatre & Creative Technology- University of Regina

Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre: Summer Intensive, 

Musical Theatre Performance: Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, 

Hon. BA- Drama- University of Waterloo. 

Rabbit Richards

Accessibility Coordinator

Rabbit Richards is learning how to exist on stolen land in a marginalized body. The Brooklyn-born performance poet writes into the awkward to explore the connections we deny and mischaracterise, blending the politics of race, love, and gender with the emotional grounding of lived experience. They currently serve as the chairperson of the Anti-Oppression Committee for the board of Spoken Word Canada and as the Accessibility Coordinator for Verses Festival of Words. When not touring throughout Canada, they and their cat, Cat, are currently making their home in Lek’leki, Downtown Eastside Vancouver.