The Poetry Bash

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Julie Bruck, Shane Koyczan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Katherena Vermette, Javier Zamora

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Host: Billeh Nickerson

Event Number: 60
Tickets: $26.00

The Poetry Bash

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Julie Bruck, Shane Koyczan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Katherena Vermette, Javier Zamora

Friday, October 19
8:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

There’s a palpable sense of anticipation for The Poetry Bash. 2018’s lineup is no exception, hosted by beloved local poet Billeh Nickerson. Their styles may vary, but their talents do not. Shane Koyczan is a world-renowned Spoken Word/Multimedia Artist and he will be reading from upcoming works that are currently unpublished pieces. Billy-Ray Belcourt became the youngest-ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for This Wound Is a World. Julie Bruck (How to Avoid Huge Ships) can be found in The New Yorker and The Walrus… and on our stage. Sabrina Mahfouz, a rising star from the UK, performs from her 2017 The Guardian Best Read, How You Might Know Me. Award-winning Katherena Vermette shares her poetry from river woman, and internationally celebrated Javier Zamora describes the unaccompanied journey he made from El Salvador to the United States as a small boy.

Billeh Nickerson is a Canadian writer, editor, performer and producer and has published and edited various poetry collections and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

PLEASE NOTE: This event previously took place on Saturday of the Festival. It now occurs on Friday.

Generously sponsored by Maureen & Larry Lunn.

Event Participants:

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Alberta

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book and won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, among others.

billy-raybelcourt.com@BillyRayB

 

Julie Bruck

United States

Julie Bruck is from Montreal and has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years. Her newest collection is How to Avoid Huge Ships. Recent work has appeared in PlumeThe New YorkerPoetry DailyThe New QuarterlyThe Malahat Review and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day. Her third book, Monkey Ranch, received the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

juliebruck.com

Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan

British Columbia

Shane Koyczan is best known for his award winning spoken word performances. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm, Cannes and Los Angeles, to name a few. Winner of the USA Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan blows the dust off of the traditional designation “poet”. 

shanekoyczan.com, @Koyczan

Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz

United Kingdom

Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her collection, How You Might Know Me, was a 2017 Guardian Best Summer Read. She is also the editor of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a 2017 Guardian Book of the Year and currently nominated for The People’s Book Prize. Mahfouz was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is the recipient of the 2018 King’s Alumni Arts & Culture Award for inspiring change in the industry.

sabrinamahfouz.com, @SabrinaMahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz is presented in partnership with British Council & Festival America.

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette

Manitoba

A Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Katherena Vermette is a rising star in the Canadian literature scene. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and her 2017 novel, The Break, was a Canadian bestseller and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She is at the Festival with her graphic novel for young adults, Red River Resistance, and her poetry collection, river woman.

katherenavermette.com@katherenav

Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora

United States

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Zamora earned an MFA from New York University and is currently a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His debut collection, Unaccompanied, chronicles his harrowing migration, alone and on foot at nine years old, from El Salvador to the United States to reunite with his family following the Salvadoran Civil War.

javierzamora.net, @jzsalvipoet