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Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. Dwayne has published 6 books, most recently, Her Favourite Shoes, which followed, The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan (2010), The Making of A Man (2005), The Man Behind The Mic (2002), Long Overdue (1999), and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within (1996), and Straight From The Roots (1995). Dwayne has performed for the former Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Michaelle Jean, and has shared the stage with many of Canada's top artists including Russell Peters, Deborah Cox, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black, K-OS, and Nelly Furtado, while opening for international artists Alicia Keys, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka, Ursula Rucker, Colin Channer, and Saul Williams, and recording with Canadian artists including Grammy nominee, Drake.
Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press, 2012), and several chapbooks including Celebrity Dream Poems (Poor Claudia, 2013). His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and appeared widely in journals such as Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, and Poets.org. He lives in Buffalo, NY, where he works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and co-curates the Silo City Reading Series in an abandoned grain silo along the Buffalo River.
Jade Wallace is a St. Catharines writer living in Toronto. She writes at work when no one comes into the office with a legal problem. Sometimes she plays ukulele in a band called The Leafy Greens. Her writing has recently appeared in Feathertale and her collaborative project, Smiling Drunk Pufferfish, is forthcoming from Grey Borders Books.
IF is a Spoken Word Poet, songwriter, husband, father and friend. His poems channel the wisdom of Spirit, the rage of the wounded and the yearning that resides in every human heart. IF is a member of the 2013 National Championship 'Toronto Poetry Slam' team, winner of 2013 Buffalo International Slam, has led workshops and appeared at numerous festivals including the esteemed 'Word on the Street', and 'Words Aloud' Festivals. IF writes his best poetry while walking and can often be seen wandering the streets of Toronto, gesticulating wildly and muttering to himself.
I am a writer from Halifax who finds it difficult to feel like a writer in Halifax as compared with when I participated twice in "Wired Writing" at The Banff Centre where I really felt like a writer. It only goes to show how much the isolated writer needs to feel part of a writing community. I am presently working on a book of stories about teaching in different cultures and recently published a children's book, "Suzie, an Orphan Orangutan: A Very Sad and a Little Bit Happy Story." I hope to return to the Banff Centre again soon to refresh my identity.
Jody Nyasha Warner
Jody Nyasha Warner is, in no particular order, a morning meditator, reader-writer, mother, garden admirer, anti-discrimination worker, front porch sitter, ex-wife, hot-buttered toast lover, anxiety survivor, african-canadian, follower of the way, former librarian, ukulele strummer and explorer of the galaxy within. She is author of the picture book, Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!
David B. Goldstein
David B. Goldstein's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including The Paris Review, The Malahat Review, filling Station, CV2, Epoch, Harp & Altar, Jubilat, 6x6, and Octopus. His first chapbook, Been Raw Diction, was published by Dusie Press in 2006. As a literary critic, food writer, and translator, he has published on a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, translation, cannibalism, philosophies of food, and the politics of Martha Stewart. His first book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England, is due out this fall. His translations from Italian poetry appear in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, among other publications. Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.
Harry Giles (Discovery Night Winner)
Harry Giles is a poet, performance-maker and producer from Orkney. He's currently based in Edinburgh, where he co-ordinates the spoken word events series Inky Fingers, co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY, and is part of the team running the Forest Café arts space. His pamphlets Visa Wedding (2012) and Oam (2013) are published by Stewed Rhubarb; he is the former BBC Scotland slam champion (2009); and his participatory performance work has been commissioned and programmed by venues and festivals including the Ovalhouse, Arches LIVE, and Sprint. Credits, videos, and texts about it all can be found at www.harrygiles.org.
Tammy Armstrong's writing has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada, US, Europe, UK, and Algeria. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Governor General's Award, and short-listed twice for the CBC Literary Prize. She has recently completed her PhD in literature from the University in New Brunswick where she explored Atlantic Canadian poetry at the animal encounter. Armstrong currently resides on the south shore of Nova Scotia.