Poets Andrea von Wichert, Di Brandt, Marie Annharte Baker, Skip Stone, and T'ai Pu This event is hosted by Wabanakwut Kinew of CBC Radio One's The (204), and will feature a special non-competitive set by Chandra Mayor. The CBC Poetry Face-Off will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio. Andrea von Wichert paints, writes and performs, but rarely simultaneously. For the last three years she has been a member of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto, Halifax and Calgary. Her work has appeared in Prairie Fire and Mic Check: An Anthology of Spoken Word in Canada. She is the creator and producer of Girls!Girls!Girls! an annual women's art show and cabaret and is one of the organizers of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam. She prefers to spend her time at home playing with her cat and contemplating the state of Humanity. Di Brandt is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction and essays. Her poetry has been adapted for video, film, installation art, music and dance. Her poetry titles include questions i asked my mother, Agnes in the Sky, Jerusalem, beloved, and Now You Care. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her poetry, including the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada, the Canadian Authors Association National Poetry Prize, a Silver National Magazine Award and the Foreword Magazine Gold Medal for General Fiction (with Annie Jacobsen and Jane Finlay-Young, for the collaborative novel, Watermelon Syrup). Di Brandt holds a Canada Research Chair in English and Creative Writing at Brandon University. Marie Annharte Baker (Little Saskatchewan First Nation) is Anishinaabe and a Winnipeg born/based writer, advocate/organizer for people with disabilities and member of the Aboriginal Writer's Collective. Her published books are Being on the Moon, Coyote Columbus Cafe and Exercises in Lip Pointing. A current project is a memoir as she bases creativity and inspiration from journal writing. She has also written essays, book reviews and plays besides being a storyteller in the Manitoba Public Schools. Consequently, she finds a real profession as being a grandmother. Skip Stone is a Winnipeg born writer who lives his civilian life under the alias Jonathan Surla. He is a member of Winnipeg B-boy crew Dangerous Goods under many aliases, and tried to be an actor in Toronto for what he feels may have been waaaaaay too long. He's been a member of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team twice and competed in Toronto and Halifax. He raps, wears hats, teaches kids how to boogie, and in his spare time he likes to write short bios for his various other aliases. T'ai Pu has worked as a verbal-percussionist with bands, DJs, poets, painters, healers, dancers, children and seniors in schools and extra curricular programs, in clubs and at festivals. Perfroming as PuConA, the intent at a gathering is to join with the audience in a celebration of that moment and the purpose of that gathering. Using chants, drums and beatboxing in combination with verbalz, spitz and spok'n werd to commune and to 'call-out' cats, performances tend to turn into circles with audiences becoming participants. Free up on the fire of word-sound power. (dlbrows)
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