Word! (2)

Sheniz Janmohamed, Ahmed Knowmadic, Deanna Rodger

Word! (2)

Host: Jillian Christmas

Event Number: 42
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

Word! (2)

Sheniz Janmohamed, Ahmed Knowmadic, Deanna Rodger

Thursday, October 19
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St.

The ever-popular spoken word showcase known as Word! has become a signature event at the Festival over the years. Today’s line-up is of the highest calibre. Canada’s Sheniz Janmohamed first encountered spoken word in high school. She has since completed an MFA and gone on to perform her work internationally. Ahmed Knowmadic, originally from Mogadishu, became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2011. In 2017, he was named Edmonton’s seventh Poet Laureate.Deanna Rodger was the youngest-ever UK Poetry Slam Champion and has written and performed as a poet and actor from Buckingham Palace to TedX. Witness the true power of words this afternoon from the mouths of these talented performers.

(This event is repeated on Wednesday morning)

Suitable for grades 8-12 and adults. Warning: Content in this event may not be suitable for all classes.

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Event Participants:

Sheniz Janmohamed


Sheniz Janmohamed is an arts educator, spoken word artist and author. Janmohamed has performed nationally and internationally for over 10 years and her work has been published in various journals and anthologies. Beyond her writing, she has taught spoken word and creative writing workshops for all ages at schools, libraries and community organizations, helping participants find their voice. She founded Ignite Poets, a spoken word initiative that focused on social awareness and collaboration. Her second poetry collection Firesmoke delves into the meaning of self and the power of the four elements.


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.