The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Calgary Spoken Word Society present:
Witching Hour Poetry
Wednesday, March 8th, 8:00 pm
Treehouse at cSpace
1721 29th Ave SW – 4th Floor
**Space is limited, so please register using the form below. After registering, you will be directed to a payment page. Please note, your registration is not complete until payment has been received.
Celebrate International Women’s Day with performances from some of Calgary’s finest poets:
- aloT of Poetry
- Audrey Lane Cockett
- Cobra Collins
- Erin Dingle
- Micheline Maylor
- Sheri-D Wilson
Hosted by WGA’s Ashley J.J. White
ADETOLA “aloT of Poetry” ADEDIPE is a Nigerian-South African poet and spoken word artist. While completing her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, she explored her love for performance and connecting with the arts community. She has work with organisations such as: Arts Commons, The Grand Theatre, CSpace, University of Calgary, and Alberta University of the Arts. Published in Bi-Pan Magazine, F-Word Magazine, the YYC: POP Anthology by Calgary’s 4th Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson and “This Might Help”: A Legacy Project by Calgary’s 5th Poet Laureate Natalie Meisner. Her work has also been exhibited at [email protected] in Edmonton. You can also find her work on her website. Through sharing her laughter and pain, she encourages everyone to listen to the stories of others, love themselves and be unapologetic about it.
AUDREY LANE COCKETT is a spoken word poet, filmmaker, educator, and ecologist settled in Treaty 7 land, Calgary AB. Their work is rooted in wild, both outside and in. Audrey Lane’s poetry and films have been celebrated and presented in festivals, shows, and publications both locally and internationally. They honed and elevated their craft at residencies such as the Banff Spoken Word Program, the Banff Adventure Filmmaking Workshop, and the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency. They are a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, connection, and intersectional care for the natural world. Audrey Lane’s work embodies wild feminist rhetoric, political discontent, tender feels in a body that overheard it was broken, deep time, and river rhythm. They are invested in exploring poetry, performance, artistic fusion, community, learning, healing, and transformation.
COBRA COLLINS is a Calgary based Métis poet of significant height. She was the captain and coach of Calgary’s 2016 Slam team, representing our city on a national level at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and is a member of Calgary’s Inkspot Spoken Word Collective, home of Calgary’s official poetry Slam. Cobra has participated in several Nationwide Spoken Word festivals, as well as collaborated with artists of different backgrounds for dance (Fluid Movements Arts Festival) and performance festivals (IKG 1 ! Live Performance Festival).
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @kingofthesnakes
ERIN DINGLE is a performance poet from Calgary, Canada. She came second at the Canadian Independent Poetry Slam in 2014 and was part of 5 consecutive Calgary Slam teams! Erin has spoken at festivals and events across Canada, about issues like cancer, motherhood, mental and emotional health, and sexuality. She is a Type 1 diabetic and a breast cancer survivor. Erin has also dropped vocals for music producers like Inabeathead and Dub Monk, and is a skilled hula hoop dancer. Her most recent chapbook is the parody parenting magazine Yummy Mummy, published through Blurb. She runs workshops for adults and youth, exploring topics like dynamic poetry, maintaining a regular writing practice, exploring emotion with innovative language and making the most of stage time. Erin is founding member of the Ink Spot Collective in Calgary, which runs Calgary’s official monthly Poetry Slam. She is also a board member for Single Onion, which is the longest running reading series in Calgary, and a Member-At-Large of Spocan Canada.
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DR. MICHELINE MAYLOR is a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary (2016-18). Her most recent book is The Bad Wife (U of A Press 2021) won the BPAA Raymond Souster Award for best Canadian book of poetry and was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry. She is a Walrus talker, a TEDX talker, and she was the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence (2016). She won the Lois Hole Award for Editorial excellence for poetry in Alberta (2019). Micheline attained a Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in English Language and Literature with a specialisation in Creative Writing and 20th Century Canadian Poetics. She is retired from teaching creative writing at Mount Royal University in Calgary where she won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. She serves as Senior acquisitions editor for poetry at Frontenac House Press since 2012. She is the co-founder of Freefall Literary Society and remains as senior poetry and reviews editor.
SHERI-D WILSON is the award-winning author of 11 books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favourite with local and international audiences. She has read, performed and taught at festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.
In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from Kwantlen University, after launching her new collection of poetry entitled, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press), and a full-length CD with poetry and music called Dragon Rouge.
Her 10th collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.
Registration for Witching Hour Poetry is now closed. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Ashley at [email protected]
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