World of Poetry

The World of Poetry is an interactive and intimate part of the Richmond World Festival.  A line-up of many well recognized, witty and entertaining poets will keep your fingers snapping with their cunning word play and hearts throbbing with their stories.  Get ready to listen to spoken word by artists with lightning fast words at 12:30, 3:30 and 5:15 on the Global Village Stage.

POET: Angelica Poversky

Angelica Poversky is 5’3″ of vertically challenged creative passion who wants to use spoken words to create movements of thought. She’s always trying to think of new ways to use words and is perplexed by language.

She is the founder and festival director of Richmond’s first youth-led outdoors arts festival, Arts in the Park and a guitarist and rapper of the folk group, Goons. If you see Angelica in her natural habitat, she is probably reading her first poetry chapbook “She Is”,  hosting a radio-show or training to be a stand-up comedian.

Angelica is Vancouver’s Top 24 under 24, Richmond’s 30 under 30 and a Richmond Arts Award Winner. She’s been on the author pannel at National Culture Days, TedX Presenter and a speaker at the CHIMO Violence Against Women Conference.

POET: Andrew Warner

Andrew Warner is a 17 year old competitive poet from North Vancouver who has also practiced acting, dancing, screenwriting, and film-making. Inspired by life’s blessings and brutalities, Andrew writes about his travels, his loves, his humanitarian work and his passion for youth voices. Since childhood, he has only dreamed of travelling the world, performing, and living the poor life of the starving artist.

POET: Connor Doyle

Connor Doyle is a poet from Surrey, BC and has been trying his best not to think of that as a contradiction. He received twin degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as multiple scholarships for his poetry and involvement in the writing community. He is one of the founders and a former managing editor of Pulp Magazine and the winner of the 2013 Lush Triumphant Award for poetry from subTerrain.

POET: Coral More

Coral More is a Vancouver slam poet and a member of the 2015 Vancouver Slam Team, representing the city at the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Coral writes around the issues of sexism, mental health, sexuality, and being a 20-something trying to figure this life out. With her poetry, Coral hopes to inspire change through feelings and storytelling.

POET: Lyle Hendriks

Lyle Hendriks is a poet from Coquitlam BC. He uses poetry to convey emotional, exciting and real feeling using mind-transforming language. His poetry has been described as both high-speed and sensitive. He is the 2015 BC Underground Individual Champion. In addition, Lyle’s poetry team has come in second and third place at the Provincial Spoken Word Competition Hullabaloo for the past two years.

POET: Mariah Lynne Dear

Mariah Lynne Dear is a student at the University of British Columbia. She hopes to graduate with a BA in Creative Writing and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her spoken word poetry has led her across Canada competing both individually and as a team representing the city of Vancouver. She was pleased to be crowned the Grand Slam Champion of UBC in 2014 and the Youth Grand Slam Champion of Vancouver in 2015.

POET: Sebastien Wen

Sebastien Wen is a young poet, film director and spoken word artist based out of Vancouver, BC. He is the 2014 National Underground Youth Slam Champion, the 2014 Vancouver Youth Slam Champion and the 2013 UBC Slam champion. Sebastien is a member of the 2015 Vancouver Slam team. He was a member of the 2014 Vancouver Youth Slam team, which won the 2014 YouthCanSlam. He was also a member of the 2014 Victoria Spoken Word Ensemble and the 2013 Calgary Slam team. Sebastien is the current Youth Arts (YEA) director at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. When he’s not alone on the microphone, Sebastien performs and tours with folk musician Jess Tollestrup (jesstollestrup.com). Sebastien is a lifelong pupil of Sheri-D Wilson. Mostly, he’s just a robot searching for sparks.

POET: RC Weslowski

RC Weslowski is the 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion and he has been a 2 time finalist at the World Cup of Poetry Slam as a representative for English Canada. RC’s work has been published in CV2, The Liar, Quills and the upcoming issue of Arc Poetry Magazine. RC’s work has also been anthologized in “Where The Nights Are Twice as Long” by Gooselane Editions and “Red Reads First” by Sargent Press.

POET: Tasha Receno

Tasha Receno is can be described as a Spoken Word Artist, a Non-Fiction and a Fiction writer. She has participated in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word on the Slamapalooza team in 2014 representing Vancouver and made it to semi-finals. Has made it to the finals stage at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in 2015 and is the current 2015 Vancouver Poetry Slam Champion. She believes that spoken word is another language she speaks and uses it to share her stories with others and strives to always make a difference with what she believes is a gift.

POET: Matt Loeb

Matt Loeb is a Vancouver based writer from south of South Detroit. A regular at poetry slams across Canadian he often hosts the Vancouver Poetry Slam and was a finalist at the 2013 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. His nonsensical funny poetry is often punctuated with brutal personal honestly and his Nerd themed work has been recognized internationally by i09. In collaboration with artist Ryan Marshall he created the popular web comic Brain Thought Word Say and continues to pursue interesting and unconventional form of storytelling.

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