Magpie Ulysses, Director

Magpie Ulysses is a performance poet, storyteller and writer. A witchy, neurodivergent, queer,
nature nerd and an activist at heart, Magpie is known for her visceral, often surrealist writings
that extend from the everyday human experience into the depths of natural and inanimate
worlds. Magpie began performing poems in the 1990’s, as a teenager. Since then she has
performed across North America at hundreds of events, is a veteran member of two national
champion Vancouver poetry slam teams and was named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian
festival Of Spoken Word In the Fall of 2012.

Magpie has spent the past two decades heavily involved in the arts while living in and around
Vancouver, rural BC, Southern Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta. The past few years have also
been dedicated to raising a new human and caring for her grandmother through Alzheimer’s

As an arts organizer, Magpie’s passion for performance poetry, spoken word and storytelling
has led her to be foundational in numerous non-profit initiatives and new ways to bring these
art forms to communities large and small. A tireless promoter of the language
arts Magpie is a cofounder of Most Vocal poets society in Lethbridge, AB., an original board
member of Vancouver Poetry House, and a co-founder of Vancouver Poetry Houses’ WordPlay:
Poetry in Schools Program in 2005. She has delivered hundreds of workshops for seniors, adult
learners, ESL learners, music festival attendees, activists, adults in recovery, youth at risk, and
elementary thru to college age students. Magpie has worked with many music festival’s to
incorporate spoken word into their programming and run numerous small series and events
with words at the helm.

Magpie is the the president.

Amanda Eagleson, Director

She/Her Pronouns

Amanda Eagleson grew up in Dubuque, Iowa (with brief stints in San Diego, California and Arnhem, Netherlands). she currently lives, works, and writes on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, B.C.).

Her favourite things in nature are the smell of the earth right before a thunderstorm, lightning bugs (or fireflies if you must), hedgehogs, and octopuses.

It was the inspiration and support of individual poets, organisers, and volunteers within Vancouver’s slam community that kept her writing, reading, publishing, and sometimes breathing.

She hopes to contribute to the community that gave her this gift.

Amanda is the secretary.

Leslie Stark, Director

Leslie Stark is a playwright, poet, performer, dancer, mom, high school teacher (Burnsview Secondary), founder of the Elegant Ladies Collective, small business owner/hoopmaker (Serenity Hoops) and is in a band (The Appetizers). She has a BA in Drama (U of Manitoba) and an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC), as well as a BEd (UBC).

Leslie Stark has been attending Vancouver Poetry House events since 2010 and has been a board member since 2013.  She is also on the board of Touchstone Theatre.  After taking a year off from the VPH board, she is back and thrilled to be a part of such a great team.

Leslie has performed at CIPS three times, has featured at the UBC Slam, and has coached the Burnsview team at Hullabaloo for the past 8 years.  In 2018, at Hullabaloo, she was the proud recipient of the Zaccheus Jackson Spirit of the Slam award.  She teaches Drama and Creative Writing, and has a special place in her heart for supporting youth engagement in poetry and spoken word.

Lesley is the treasurer.

Nicolas is a poet, musician, researcher and policy analyst in the sustainability sector. He has worked with the federal government as well as several research centres, think tanks, and political parties on topics like clean tech policy, fracking regulation, or climate education.

Often in parallel to his climate work, poetry has remained close to him for a decade, helping him stop, move, and remember parts of the world that are so easily forgotten in policy. He is grateful for the Vancouver Poetry House creating a recurrent space for the language arts in the city. As a Director, he hopes to advance arts and culture policies to support the organization and all those engaged with it.

Nicolas grew up in Paris, France, before settling in Toronto for seven years (traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Missisaugas of the Credit) and lately moving to Vancouver (unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and the Tsleil-Waututh). He holds a BSc. in physics, an MA in socio-cultural anthropology, and is working towards a Master of Public Policy at the University of British Columbia.