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Meet the 2014 WordsWorth Creative Team

Meet the WordsWorth Director: Lisa Murphy-Lamb



Lisa looks forward to her fifth year (fifth year!) of spending July at Kamp Kiwanis with WordsWorth writers -both young and old.  This job has taken over her life and she now finds herself manning the website, hanging out with literary-types, going to readings, finding teen writers sleeping on her basement floor and going to book launches where WordsWorth writers -both young and old are the reason. It’s not a bad life, eh? When not attending/planning/celebrating all that is WordsWorth, Lisa does some of her own writing, hangs out with her family and is currently the director of Calgary’s newest writing and creative space Loft 112.


Meet the Creative Team


Danielle CarrickP7131353

Danielle is so excited to be returning to WordsWorth as part of the creative team; she recently returned to Alberta from the West Coast after completing her BMus in music education. Danielle is enjoying her adventures in teaching music in the Calgary school district and looks forward to being inspired by the dedicated writers and personalities WordsWorth gathers around itself. This summer, you will likely find Danielle in the Death Polo Court, enjoying the delicious food, dancing around the campfire or soaking up the early morning sun with book in hand.





Colin MattyP7185517

Slam poet, playwright, improviser, actor, performance artist: Colin wears many hats as a creative. When not slinging jokes with Rapid Fire Theatre, Colin runs a poetry shop from Edmonton’s streets, bringing the mysterious power of verse to a weary world and reminding people that “hey, this whole poetry thing is pretty neat”. This is the 3rd year Colin has had the privilege of stewarding the fine youths of Wordsworth towards a brighter future in the arts, and it continues to be the highlight of his summer.


kari headshotKari Kostyan

I’m a word-loving plant nerd, and aspiring English teacher (and aspiring homesteader).  I have a B.A. in English from the University of Calgary, and am halfway through a B.Ed. Among my favourite contemporary writers are Michael Ondaatje, Barbara Kingsolver, and Wendell Berry. I get excited about anything that combines literature with ecology, nature or gardens.  I don’t frolic through meadows— I comb through them slowly, looking for things to eat! Although I can usually be found river guiding in the mountains, this summer I felt the call to WordsWorth, an incredibly unique creative community in the woods.



 Marc Herman Lynch

Marc has recently completed his Creative Writing Master’s at the University of Calgary. He had taught in the creative writing faculty, and his writing can be found in Nöd magazine, Filling Station magazine, and the Elora Writers Festival short-story competition.

WordsWorthPic-1Jess Tollestrup

Jess is a writer and musician originally from Milk River, Alberta. Since 2012 Jess has moved fourteen times, but has called Vancouverhome for the past six months. Jess was a competitor in the Women of the World Last Chance Slam, and is currently eligible for the Vancouver Slam Semi Finals. Jess has played keys in a variety of bands, and has improvised behind poetry and comedy acts. Currently, Jess is a member of The Speakerphones, who will be releasing their first EP soon. Jess also brings a solo act involving a looping pedal to different venues around the city.
Jess was a camper at WordsWorth for many years, and is overjoyed to be returning as a member of the creative team. Without the experiences and people Jess came into contact with at WordsWorth, Jess’ life would have had to take many more twists and turns to get to its current creative point.


Sebastien PhotoSebastien Wen

BIO: Sebastien is a student and spoken word poet living in Vancouver. He loves chess, movies, comic books and theatre. He is the reigning Vancouver Youth Slam Champion and the 2013 UBC Slam Champion. Sebastien spent many happy summers as a student at Wordsworth. He can’t wait to be back.

Meet the instructors for Imagine! WordsWorth 2014 and…..

DJ Scootz will be doing his best to get the place HOT on dance night (s)!P7195561

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