Poetry Development Project
What does it mean when someone else reads your story?
When you read someone else’s story?
Contemporary Spoken Word Poets have a tradition of telling their own stories. As they develop their craft, poets often look to publishing their work in books and anthologies. This event is a development workshop where industry professionals assist poets in that process.
Trained actors/readers perform a poem for the author and a panel who then workshop the piece with the poet. This process helps them fine-tune their writing, to help it translate from the stage to the page.
The public is invited to register and attend as witnesses to the process. They are introduced to poets and hear their poetry, and gain insight into the reflections of poets, readers, and panelists.
Thank you for a successful first event!
On July 20, 2020, we held our first Stage to Page event with resounding success. Thanks to the amazing panelists and poets for their knowledge, talent, and time. Thanks to the production team, and CACV Board members who made the event possible. And special thanks to all the audience members zooming in from across the continent.
The overall feedback from participants and viewers was how supported and valued all the participants were. In a major time of crisis and change, it is impactful to share these stories, celebrate them, and discuss current issues productively and creatively.
We are pleased to share that Stage to Page has been approved for another production, planned for October 2020!
Please revisit this page in the coming weeks to learn about submission details for our session.
Below you’ll be able to read more about our amazing panelists, and poets with links to their work.
Nura Ali is a visual artist, community organizer and social activist, living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her multidisciplinary practice engages issues of memory, place building, displacement, and power.
Jonathan “JCC” Chan-Choong is a poet and writer, born and raised in
Scarborough, Ontario. He has since relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2018. Informed by multicultural and multiracial backgrounds, one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Canada, and his work in food justice, JCC writes from experience, memoir, and a deep passion for Hip-Hop.
Lindi Nolte is a 31-year-old, South African-Canadian spoken-word poet, writer, TEDx speaker, and educator. Lindi has actively been involved in the poetry slam scene in Vancouver since 2014. In 2018, she placed first in a spoken word poetry competition and was crowned Vancouver’s Grand Slam Champion. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia.
Anjalica Solomon is a poet, spoken word artist, organizer, and multi-disciplinary performer based in what is colonially known as Vancouver, BC on the stolen and unsurrendered territories of the Coast Salish, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and MusqueamNations. You can watch their most recent poetry film production “The Fruiticana on Fraser Street” which recently premiered on YouTube!
Their poetic work often seeks to proclaim the possibilities of love and resilience. Anjalica is a poet of startling emotional intellect and candour whose work testifies to a deep faith in beauty, the power of nature, and ultimately, the human capacity to salvage integrity, radiance, and joy from moments of struggle. In this way, Anjalica Solomon’s poems and performances offer robust visions of hope, tenacity, and love. Anjalica is currently conjuring an arts collective of queer brown womxn and nonbinary artists. Follow @Anjalicrush on Instagram to learn more about upcoming short films, experimental fringe productions, virtual workshops, #brownhistory, and for #birdoftheday features!
Chronfused (Julie B.) is a poet, melodic vocal looper, and improv artist who may actually just be a puff of smoke vaguely shaped like a lady. Having spent her youth involved with the arts in her hometown of Yellowknife she has been performing professionally for over 15 years. Her love of spoken-word-poetry and audience collaboration has given her performance a style that captivates and inspires.
Sheri-D Wilson D. Litt C.M., Order of Canada
Poet Laureate of Calgary 2018—2020
Sheri-D Wilson, aka Mama of Dada, is the award-winning author and creator of 13 books, 4 short films, and 4 albums which combine music and poetry. Known as the High Priestess of Spoken Word in Canada, she is an international artist known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world.
In 2019 Sheri-D was appointed one of the country’s highest honours, The Order of Canada, for her contributions as a Spoken Word Poet and her leadership in the community. In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters—Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University. In 2019 her play, A Love Letter to Emily C, was produced in Calgary to rave reviews, and was published in book form by Frontenac House.
Other Honours: 2015 City of Calgary Arts Award * 2013 CBC Top 10 Poets in Canada * 2009 Ted Talk * 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * 2005 SpoCan Poet of Honour * People’s Choice * 2006 Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * 2003 USA Heavyweight Title * Her 1991 jazz-play, Confessions, received 5 Vancouver Jessie Nominations * Ace Award.
Sheri-D is a Marriage Celebrant and Ceremonialist.
A strong advocate for social change & community building,
Founder/Artistic Director of: Calgary Spoken Word Society (2003-2020)
Spoken Word Program | The Banff Centre (2005-2012)
Brad Morden, Write Bloody North, is a ukulele playing, poetry speaking folk artists from Norfolk, Ontario. He’s is one half of the folk/hop sensation ‘Atomic Wednesday’ and the founder of Write Bloody North.
Kathryn Bracht, Head of Drama, University of Regina, is an actor, director, playwright, and an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Regina, where she directed an experimental, devised work-in-progress titled Secrets from the Borne Settee, which had sound live-streamed nightly from Mexico City, and was also streamed online. (thebornesettee.com)
Munish Sharma is an actor, writer, and dancer.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Munish has called Vancouver home for over a decade. A Jessie award nominee, Vancouver Fringe Festival winner, and former Burlesque dancer, Munish is currently working on his second show, Danceboy.
Victim Impact(Theatre Conspiracy).
Deneh Cho Thompson is a Dene director, actor and playwright and member of the Pehdzeh ki Nation. Currently in his final year of an MFA in Indigenous Theatre at the University of Alberta and has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan starting January 2020. At the University of Saskatchewan, he will oversee the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program, currently the only Indigenous theatre program housed in a Canadian university.
Sedina Fiati is a performer, producer, creator and activist for stage and screen. Proudly Black and queer, Sedina is deeply invested in artistic work that explores the intersection between art and activism, either in form or structure or ideally both.