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June 2016
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John Quiñonez features at the Van Slam

June 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, John Quiñonez Based out of Flagstaff, Arizona John Quiñonez is a Full time Events Coordinator, Special Ed Teacher, Server, and Respite Care Provider by Trade. By Night he is the longtime Flagstaff Slammaster, Northern Arizona Book Festival Board Member, iWPS 2016 Host City Events Coordinator, Founder of the Flagstaff SO LIT Festival, Founder/Booking Manager for StellarJay Productions, Curator for SSOO Experimental Arts Festival, Trustee ot the the Poetry Slam Inc executive council, Musician,…

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July 2016
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Reema features at the Van Slam

July 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Reema. Reema is a Toronto based human and a Vancouver based poet. She was recently asked when she started calling herself a poet, and she realized that it was when she started to draw creative inspiration from depression. Honest, bold, and whimsical, she writes about mental illness, love, and her social experience. Reema is pleased to present her first chapbook, Earth: A Journey in Depression. It features not only poems, but the Google…

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Lucia Misch features at the Van Slam

July 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Lucia Misch. Born and raised at an astronomical observatory in California, Lucia Misch is a spoken word poet with a decade of writing, performing, and teaching under her belt. After getting her start as a champion youth poet in the Bay Area, she became active in the Vancouver spoken word community, was part of the Vancouver Poetry Slam team (2010), and placed second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (2011). Lucia has toured…

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Honey Sanaa features at the Van Slam

July 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Honey Sanaa. Honey Sanaa is a spoken word artist from New Orleans, Louisiana by way of Mississippi. She is an educator by day, who holds 3 higher education degrees, including a Master’s degree in secondary education. Honey is the co-founder of C.H.A.O.S.: Collective Hip-Hop, An Artistically Original Society, a campus-based arts organization founded to help poetry and art students at the University of Southern Mississippi learn and grow in their particular branch of…

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August 2016
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Kim Villagante features at the Van Slam

August 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Kim Villagante. Kim Villagante, also known as K!mmortal, is an artistic force to be reckoned with. As an artist of lines and rhymes, as well as an arts-based community organizer, Kim fuses her phenomenal artistic talents (as a visual-artist, singer-songwriter, rap-poet-lyricist, and actor) with her passion for queer and anti-racist activism. In 2013, Kim’s debut acting role in hip hop theatre production “Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy Of” landed her a nomination in…

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Amber Dawn features at the Van Slam

August 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Amber Dawn. Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her newest book Where the words…

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Barbara Adler features at the Van Slam

August 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Barbara Adler. In over a decade of touring, Barbara Adler has told stories, performed poetry and played her accordion all over North America and Europe. She is a veteran of Canada’s spoken word community, recognized for her solo work, her interdisciplinary collaborations and for her role as a founding member of the acclaimed folk-poetry band The Fugitives. She continues to explore the intersections between music, sound and text under the banner of Ten…

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Barbara Adler features at the Van Slam

August 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Barbara Adler. In over a decade of touring, Barbara Adler has told stories, performed poetry and played her accordion all over North America and Europe. She is a veteran of Canada’s spoken word community, recognized for her solo work, her interdisciplinary collaborations and for her role as a founding member of the acclaimed folk-poetry band The Fugitives. She continues to explore the intersections between music, sound and text under the banner of Ten…

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Mike McGee features at the Van Slam

August 29, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Mike McGee. Mighty Mike McGee is a well-traveled “stand-up poet” and storyteller from San José, California. In the world of poetry slam, he is the first to win both the 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Grand Championship. He has toured very extensively throughout United States, Canada and Europe. Since 2002, he’s covered several hundred thousand miles performing his brand of poetry and humor. McGee…

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Komi features at the Van Slam

August 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Komi. Emerging from the crocodile city of Kaduna Nigeria, Komi olaf is an artist and visionary poet combining elements of art and design with the power of word and music. As an activist, he uses his gift to fan the flames of creativity to aid healing, learning and growth. He enjoys chess and theatre and believes in the existence of Aliens and extraterrestrial life. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada. We are in…

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September 2016
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Sebastien Wen & No Mothers feature at CIPS/Iwps Last Chance Slam

September 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents Sebastien Wen with NO MOTHERS at the CIPS/ IWPS Last Chance Slam. Aided by their friendly beards and mighty violas, NO MOTHERS meander gracefully from bellowing fury to cosmic sentimentality. Sebastien Wen is the 2014 National Underground Youth Slam Champion. His work has appeared in many of Canada’s most notable literary journals, including Arc, Vallum and Prairie Fire. On September 12th, prepare for a ruckus-inducing fusion of spoken word and folk rock. High Stakes: ***The…

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Kay Kassirer features at the Van Slam

September 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Kay Kassirer. Kay Kassirer is a Toronto based spoken word poet and activist. They use their poetry to tell stories, educate people, and heal. Kay can be found leading workshops, frequenting poetry slams, or stuck in a tree. Kay was a member of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Team and made it to final stage at the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Kay came in 2nd at Capturing Fire 2016, the International Queer…

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October 2016
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Fernando Raguero features at the Van Slam

October 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Fernando Raguero. Fernando Raguero is a long time regular in the Vancouver Poetry slam scene. He has authored 8 poetry chapbooks, is a two time haiku death match champion and is the winner of the 2002 CBC poetry faceoff for British Columbia. Fernando has been a member of two Vancouver poetry slam teams and co-founded the Crotchless Diaper Hotdog eating contest. Raguero serves up irreverent verse and has a wildly comical view of…

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Cheryl Maddalena and Tara Brenner feature at the Van Slam

October 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poets, Cheryl Maddalena and Tara Brenner. Cheryl Maddalena and Tara Brenner are co-slammasters of Boise and co-creators of terrible mayhem. Together they have reached National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, Group Piece, and Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals stages as competitors, bout managers, backup dancers, emcees, and opening acts. Known for their satire, badass hosting, ability to barrel roll while holding a microphone — and let’s face it, great dresses —…

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Truth is… features at the Van Slam

October 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Truth is….. Over the years through poetry and effective communication Truth Is … has dedicated much of her time and all of herself to the betterment of community. Truth Is … is a multiple time individual slam champion, a 9x national spoken word team member; participating in hundreds of slams. She has participated in several of the Tedx series and has graced the stage of the prestigious ‘When Sisters Speak’ spoken word concerts…

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Shanna Alden and Michael Alden feature at the Van Slam

October 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poets Shanna Alden and Michael Alden. Shanna Alden is a current co-slammaster and former event coordinator for Rain City Slam, a co-coach of the 2015 Rain City NPS team, Coach of the 2016 NPS team, Coach of the 2015 and 2016 Rain City IWPS representatives, and 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam storm poet. Shanna has also competed representing Rain City at Battle of the Word at Bumbershoot, and Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam.…

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November 2016
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Bassam features at the Van Slam

November 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Bassam. Bassam is a queer, Jewish-Arab spoken word poet from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. He is the 2016 grand slam champion of the Guelph Poetry Slam and current member of the 2016 GPS national team. Bassam has participated at national and international poetry slam competitions all across Turtle Island (“North America”, and most recently the 2016 Ontario International Poetry Slam where he placed in 3rd. Bassam’s chapbook and spoken word album, ‘mouth:/poem.smile’…

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Brendan McLeod features at the Van Slam

November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Brendan McLeod. Brendan McLeod is a Toronto based writer and musician. He is the author of one novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, a one woman play, The Big Oops, and two monologues, the most recent of which is his award winning piece on consciousness, Brain. His music group The Fugitives have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music and Western Canada Music Awards, and have toured to ten countries. He is a…

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Mona Mousa features at the Van Slam

November 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Mona Mousa. Mona Mousa is a spoken word poet and motivational speaker living in Toronto Ontario. Having toured actively her whole poetry career, this year alone Mona has booked over 200 shows all over North America. In April Mona took the stage at the the birth place of slam, the legendary Green Mill, Uptown Poetry Slam, hosted by Marc Smith. When she is at home Mona is heavily active in all facets of…

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December 2016
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Shayne avec i grec features at the Van Slam

December 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Shayne avec i grec shayne avec i grec has a proclivity for the absurd, promotes the opposite of beige, is one of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac and has been Poet Laureate of the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival in Manitoba since 2013. He has been a member of two Vic Slam Teams (2005 & 2013), been twice-nominated for M Awards as Victoria’s “Favourite Spoken Word Performer” and been touring throughout…

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KazMega features at the Van Slam

December 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature artist, KazMega. KazMega is not a rapper, nor is he a poet, nor is he a producer or composer, or beatmaker. He is a journeyman welder of artistic expression, trained to apply hot fiyah to seemingly inflexible topics and forge completely new yet sturdy observations. While artistic expression welding pays significantly less than say– welding metal, it has provided the opportunity for building communities, safe spaces, international bridges, and potentially schools. Expect sparks to…

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Nasra Adem features at the Van Slam

December 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Nasra Adem. Nasra Adem is among Edmonton’s most beloved emerging artists; her sincerity, authenticity, passion and wisdom is ever-apparent in her artistic practice. She occupies a unique space within the local and national arts communities as an impressive multi-disciplinary performer. Nasra is a true artist at heart, and has trained formally as a dancer, actress and vocalist, in addition to being a spoken word artist. In 2015, she completed her formal studies in…

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Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve features at the Van Slam

December 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature artist, Ronnie Dean Harris. Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve is a multi-disciplined media artist based out of the Fraser Valley in what is known as British Columbia in occupied Coast Salish territories. “I have been creating art and music for the last 18 years professionally. I got my start in the early Vancouver hip-hop scene and have continued to remain a professional creator since. I’ve acted in television shows, I’ve traveled to South Africa,…

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January 2017
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The WOWPS Playoffs featuring Mary Pinkoski

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Mary Pinkoski. Mary Pinkoski, 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton (2013-2015), is an internationally recognized poet. She has performed on stages across North American and at the 2015 Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies. She is the 2011 Canadian National Spoken Word Champion and a winner of the 2008 CBC National Poetry Face-off. In 2015, Mary was recognized as an Edmonton Top 40 Under…

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Johnny D Trinh features at the Van Slam

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Johnny D Trinh. Johnny D Trinh is an interdisciplinary and spoken word artist.”It takes a community to build an artist. In this form, and this scene- I found my voice.” So looking forward to his Van Slam Debut! Words full of love, sharp wit, and real questions- always looking for that #undeniable– let’s talk. Highlights: 2016 Regina Slam Champion, Finalist- CIPS 2016, Coach and member of Regina Word Up Slam Team, Finalist- Capturing…

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February 2017
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Dana I.D Matthews features at the Van Slam

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Dana I.D Matthews. Dana, a Haitian born poet & MC, was adopted and raised in Canada. Now an independent Vancouver based artist, Dana has a voice that naturally commands the attention of anyone in the room. His diverse lyricism springs from his unique upbringing & extensive spoken word poetry background. Dana’s first memories of writing were in form of French short stories, as he was raised bi-lingual. He first got into Hip-Hop music…

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Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Sonya Littlejohn. Sonya Littlejohn is a Williams Lake based poet and language arts workshop facilitator with a passion for multiple forms of creative expression. Her first spoken word piece as a sacrifice for semi-finals at CFSW 2008 (Calgary) called “Sacrificial Poet”. Inanna Press published “Grey: a Biracial Poem” in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out (2010), an anthology of poetry about cultural identity edited by poet Andrea Thompson. Sonya went on to…

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Vanessa McGowan features at the Van Slam

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Vanessa McGowan. Vanessa McGowan is a queer spoken word artist & singer/songwriter living with Cerebral Palsy. McGowan’s EP “Alive” was released by Factory Fast Records, NYC & her work can be heard as the only poetry, on musical compilations “Americana Retrofit” and “Smoking Gun” She opened for Buddy Wakefield during his 2014/15 world tour, was the highest ranking Canadian poet to perform in the Finals at The Capturing Fire Slam 2015 in Washington,…

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March 2017
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Erin Cotton features at the Van Slam

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Erin Cotton. Erin Cotton is an ocean of gay. She is slowly eroding the rock of patriarchy through her performances at shows like the Big Gay Cabaret, Siren’s Echo and Victoria Pride in the Word. She’s a two timing slam champion and there’s no going back for her now. All the way to the webpage, give it up for Erin! Cafe Deux Soleils and the Van Slam strive to be a trans friendly…

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Ian Martinez features at the Van Slam

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Ian Martinez. Ian Martinez is a longtime resident of Seattle, though he grew up in New York. Ian is the current co-slammaster and reigning Grand Slam champion of Rain City Poetry Slam, Seattle’s only all-ages, PSi-certified slam. He has competed in, coached for, and staffed various National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, and Women of the World poetry slams nationwide. Ian was formerly a Writing Center Fellow at Georgetown University, and has…

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