Word! (1)

Host: Jillian Christmas

Event Number: 05
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Youth Groups: $9.50

Word! (1)

Tuesday, Oct 22
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street

One of the fastest events to sell-out every year, Word! is an understandable favourite of students and teachers alike: an opportunity to be captivated by spoken word artists from Canada and beyond. Stewarded by Writers Fest Spoken Word Curator and Slam Poetry Champion, Jillian Christmas, this performance is no exception, featuring Emma Field, an active performer in the Vancouver Slam scene, Taran Kootenhayoo, an actor, playwright and poet, and a member of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and South African born, Vancouver based poet and vocalist, Vuyo Mgoduka.

Event Participants:

Emma Field

British Columbia

Emma Field is a spoken-word artist that hopes to coax the playful parts of her audiences out into the open. She was Vancouver’s Youth Grand Slam Champion in 2017 and was a member of the 2016 championship team of Hullabaloo, BC’s Provincial Youth Poetry Festival. Emma is also one wheel of The Tiny Tricycle Poets, a travelling, vlogging poetry collective with an ego problem. 

Taran Kootenhayoo

British Columbia

Taran Kootenhayoo, a Denesułįné and Nakoda Sioux actor, playwright, spoken-word poet, is from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Taran currently pays rent in Vancouver on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. He has written and co-written over 6 plays since graduating from Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen program in 2015. He signed with Premiere Talent Management and is a member of Full Circle’s First Nation Performance Ensemble. He is honoured to be a part of this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest. 

Vuyo Mgoduka

British Columbia

Vuyo Mgoduka is a South African born, Vancouver based poet, and vocalist. They use their platform to promote Equality and self-awareness. Vuyo believes in using art as a healing modality to bring about unity and progress. They have featured locally as a guest at Showcase mixtape, Vancouver poetry slam and on the radio show Wax poetics and performs regularly at Stew Jams.