Come Rhyme With Me

Dean Atta, Jillian Christmas, Ahmed Knowmadic, Deanna Rodger, !Kona

Come Rhyme With Me
Event Number: 50

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Come Rhyme With Me

Dean Atta, Jillian Christmas, Ahmed Knowmadic, Deanna Rodger, !Kona

Thursday, October 19
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Calabash Bistro

428 Carrall St.

Featuring Dean Atta, Deanna Rodger, Ahmed Knowmadic, Jillian Christmas and !Kona

Enjoy a night of rhyming and rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers known for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. For all language lovers, slammers, singers and rappers, this spoken word explosion is presented as a Caribbean dining experience—with a set menu of performers, each style specific to the course they have been chosen to represent. This party will kick-off with an open mic so brush up, bring your appetite and come on out!

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Poetry House and the British Council.

Event Participants:

Dean Atta

United Kingdom

Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by The Independent on Sunday Pink List and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List. Atta has performed across the UK and internationally and has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is working on his second collection, The Black Flamingo.


Dean Atta’s appearance is made possible by the British Council.

Ahmed Knowmadic


Ahmed Knowmadic is a poet, writer, comedian and speaker. His writing and community activism is inspired by his experiences as an immigrant to Canada, and his desire to make the world a better place.He has competed in spoken word festivals and has received recognition for his involvement in arts and culture initiatives like the Breath in Poetry Collective, which he founded with other poets. He has several poems published in anthologies and journals that are taught in Canada.In 2017, Knowmadic was named the Poet Laureate for the city of Edmonton.


Deanna Rodger

United Kingdom

Deanna Rodger is a spoken word artist and actor. She is the youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion and is the co-founder of two popular spoken word events, Chill Pill and Come Rhyme with Me. She is also a member of several poetry collectives, including Point Blank Poets, Keats House Poetry Forum and Podium Poets, which teaches workshops in and around the UK. She has performed at the 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremonies, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and at TedX events. Currently, she is writing a one-woman show called LondonMatter and her debut collection, I Did It Too, was just published by Burning Eye.

Deanna Rodger’s appearance is made possible by the British Council.



British Columbia

!Kona is a professional actor, artist and writer, She has worked with a range of cultural non-profits, is a community events organizer, has a background in governmental social justice work, and currently earns her lucre as a municipal cultural facilitator. In addition to contemplating the next iteration of The Queeriodic Table, Kona is researching and writing her first novel, working on the manuscript for #SometimesMyVancouverLooksLikeThis, and planning more art projects.