Adrienne Adams (she/her) is a poet, artist and curator dedicated to creating safer inter-sectional space to honour the feminine. She is published in Antilang, FreeFall, Politics/letters live, Polyglot, Wax Poetry and Art, Rose Quartz, NōD, New Forum, The Last Petal, Mothering Anthology (Inanna Publications), YYC POP: Portraits of People and others. This fall she has artwork in the Boxed show currently on display at Loft 112. She curates Woolf’s Voices (aka Virginia), joking that it’s an excuse to howl in public. She has performed her work extensively featuring at, amongst others; South Country Fair, The New Beat, Storytellers, Expressions, FlyWheel, The People’s Poetry and Ignite Festivals and co-curated for Single Onion, the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and Storytellers for The Indie YYC. Her artwork has been shown around Alberta and is in the permanent collection at The Alberta Children’s Hospital. Ms. Adams has worked as an artist in residence and art teacher in the community for over 20 years.
Amy LeBlanc (she/her) is an MA student in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary and Managing Editor at filling Station magazine. Amy’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, was published with Gordon Hill Press in March 2020. Her novella “Unlocking” will be published by the UCalgary Press in their Brave and Brilliant Series in 2021. Her work has appeared in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others. She is a recipient of the 2020 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.
Adetola Adedipe AKA aloT of Poetry (She/her) Nigerian roots. Raised in South Africa. A featured artist at events all over YYC from Open mics to Poetry festivals and the November 2019 Calgary Slam Champion. Published In the YYC: POP Anthology by Poet Laureate Emeritus Sheri-D Wilson and the August 2020 issue of Bi -Pan Magazine. An artist mentor for “Black Kid Joy” a program in Calgary that supports Black Youth Artists in Alberta. Her first spoken word video for her poem: “Womxn” (pronounced Woman) was made as a comment on the treatment of “Womxn” in society. By sharing her anxiety, pain, laughter and love she aims to build a community that encourages loving yourself and being unapologetic about it!
Tereasa Maillie (she/her) is a writer, historian and consultant based in Alberta. She has a very un-secret life as a poet, creative non-fiction writer, and playwright. Her current focus is on the history of the LGTBQ+ community in Canada as a form of advocacy and social justice. Tereasa was a runner-up for the Alberta Playwrights Competition 2020 with her new play “How To Make A Metis”.
Melody Griffin Dowdy is a Cree and settler woman residing on Treaty 7 territory (Calgary). She is an OCD and mental health advocate and writer and lover of fiction, in all its forms. She edits fiction at filling station magazine and is the founding editor of Lida Lit. She is currently working on her forthcoming chapbook, Poems for the Matriarch, to be released in Summer/Fall 2021.
Josie Veness. Aquarian witch. Started writing at the age of ten and was first published at the age of thirteen in a free magazine called “Youthink”. She heavily competes in slam poetry, hits up every open mic possible, and won’t be stopping anytime soon. She has featured at Expressions – Spoken Word Calgary, Single Onion OPEN MIC, Calgary Poetry Slam, High River The Venue Poetry Slam, The Function a show by V.ILLA, Raw Voices, Pitbull Poetry Reading Series, PPRS a living tribute to Josh Forbes at The Grand Theatre, The Autobiography Of… Listening Party for A.Y.E, Koi’s Tuesday Open Mic Night, Ghetto Gabby Album Release Experience for Sinzere, The Indie YYC presents The Story Tellers, The YYC Indie present The New Beat, Woolfs’s Voices, and the Get Down and Vibe Showcase. When she is not performing on the mic you can find her at the coziest local pub or cafe writing life out. She uses writing as therapy for all the heartbreak, trauma, and curveballs life throws at her. In hopes that people relate and through that feel less alone.