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Roundhouse Performance Centre
Vancouver, BC
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Why not get an even more reduced ticket on BOTH of our amazing Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive showcases - The Sparks We Generate and We All Have It: Ensemble Showcase! - with a 2-show SUPERPASS!?

On July 4th, "The Sparks We Generate" sees performances from the Youth Slam Intensive's world-class faculty of teaching artists, while giving you an opportunity to get to know the Intensive Ensemble.

Between electrifying sets of spoken word poetry from Mary Pinkoski (AB), Jamaal Jackson Rogers (ON), Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve (BC), and Kai Cheng Thom (ON), members of the Word Camp Intensive Ensemble perform the poems that got them accepted into the program in the first place!

On July 7th, during "We All Have It," you'll experience the trance-inducing word-sound magic of Tanya Evanson's ZENSHIP, followed by a performance of new individual and collaborative works presented by the Word Camp Intensive Ensemble!

ZENSHIP is a one-woman, word-sound séance inspired by The Ten Bulls progression of short poems and accompanying pictures used in Zen Buddhism to illustrate stages of enlightenment.  The Ensemble Showcase will feature a mixture of new individual and collaborative works that combine music, movement, and spoken word, created under the influence of the Word Camp faculty of artists with direction from Evanson and the Word Camp creative team.


TANYA EVANSON is an Antiguan-Canadian writer, performer and educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. A graduate of Concordia University Creative Writing and director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, she has released four audio recordings including the latest project ZENSHIP (Mother Tongue Media 2016) which has been performed internationally as a solo and group piece at Suoni per il Popolo, Black Speculative Arts Montreal, Banff Centre, Ubud Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival. After self-publishing six artist books, Bothism (2017) is Evansons first poetry collection with Ekstasis Editions and a second, Nouveau Griot, is forthcoming from Frontenac House in 2018. Recent publications include WSQ: At Sea (Feminist Press), 40 Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press), Resist Much / Obey Little (Dispatches Edition) and Where the Night are Twice as Long (Goose Lane). A past recipient of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, she was also Poet of Honour at the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and moonlights as a whirling dervish. mothertonguemedia.com

MARY PINKOSKI, 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton (2013-2015), is an internationally-recognized poet. She has performed on stages across North American and at the 2015 Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies. She is the 2011 Canadian National Spoken Word Champion and a winner of the 2008 CBC National Poetry Face-off. In 2015, Mary was recognized as an Edmonton Top 40 Under 40 and also awarded a University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award for her poetry work in the Edmonton community, in particular for facilitating poetry workshops and her creation of the City of Edmontons Youth Poet Laureate role which she continues to help coordinate.

JAMAAL JACKSON ROGERS, stage name JustJamaal ThePoet, is an independent artist, creative entrepreneur and arts educator. He is the current Ottawa English Poet Laureate, a position that has not been occupied in the city of Ottawa for the past 30 years. He has been awarded the outstanding Artist Educator Award by the Ontario Arts Foundation, and has also received awards for his appearances on Canadian documentaries 4 Kids and In Their Words by TVO and CBC respectively. Rogers was the first place recipient for best new poem at the Body Electric Poetry Film Festival for his cinepoem Husniyah. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Emerging Artist Award presented by RBC. A poet/writer, spoken word practitioner, recording rap artist, and stage performer, appearing on numerous festival stages with his Hiphop group Missing LinX and soul band, The Wize, he has brought his performances to audiences across Canada and the world for almost a decade.

RONNIE DEAN HARRIS aka OSTWELVE is a St:lo/Státimc/Nlakapamux multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. As a musician under the name Ostwelve, Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, Knaan, Abstract Rude and Snoop Dogg to name a few. In the last 10 years Ronnie has also been very active in facilitating and creating workshop programs for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-hop. He has worked with All Nations Healin Thru Artz in Regina and helped to create InDigital, an initiative focused on creating job training for Indigenous youth in the technology industries. More recently hes worked with Boldskool, a hip-hop/theatre workshop created by urban ink productions based out of Vancouver, BC.

KAI CHENG THOM is a writer, performer, therapist, lasagna lover and wicked witch transplanted from the Pacific Northwest to Toronto and Montreal, unceded Indigenous territories.  Kai Chengs work has appeared on pages and stages internationally  she has been published in Buzzfeed, Autostraddle,, Everyday Feminism, Asian American Literary Review, PRISM, among others.  She has featured as a performer at the Verses International Poetry Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and in poetry slams across the country.  Kai Cheng is the author of the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girls Confabulous Memoir, the poetry collection a place called No Homeland, and the childrens book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea.


Roundhouse Performance Centre (View)
Pacific @ Davie St., Yaletown
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance

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