Erin Dingle

“Erin Dingle tells it like it is. Whether it’s sad, silly, science or NSFW, they ‘take that confused feeling or idea you’ve never had words for and paint it into poetry you’ll understand.’

“Dingle talked their way onto the Finals stage at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam competition five years in a row. They placed 2nd in 2015. In 2016, they received the first Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award for Poetry and Community Spirit.

“Dingle has also rocked the mic for Ted-x, the YWCA, the Peter Gzowski Invitational, Poverty Talks, and numerous other poetry and spoken word festivals across Canada. They facilitate workshops in Calgary schools and as part of community events like Cultural Days to help youth and adults explore psychological resilience and self discovery by expanding their emotional language in writing and performance.

“If you want ‘poetry with puns, authentic passion, and piercing explorations of cancer, mental and chronic illness, trauma, parenting, sexuality and survival,’ Dingle is your dynamite destination.” (


April 20th: Hullabaloo All Star Slam Showcase #1 9:30 a.m. Rio Theatre

April 20th: Hullabaloo All Star Slam Showcase #2 – SOLD OUT

April 21st: Adventures in Poetryland 10 a.m. VPL Central Branch