Host: Jillian Christmas
Every year we share in this program guide that Word! is one of our first events to sell out. And every year it does—in our biggest theatre, with at least two versions of the event running. Why? Likely it’s the magnetic energy that the artists bring to their spoken word poetry: inciting and igniting young imaginations. This year is no different thanks to our long-time Spoken Word Curator, award-winning slam poet and artist, Jillian Christmas. She performs alongside NASRA, a queer, Muslim, Oromo creator who has won—amongst other accolades—the Edmonton Mayor’s Emerging Artist award. Truth is … is an accomplished slam poet and director of Guelph Youth Poetry Slam (Sound Off). Lishai Peel is a poet, writer and theatre workshop facilitator with a stream of credits to her name, most recently her manuscript, Motherhood & Other Mishaps. If all the world’s a stage, these poets demonstrate why.