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”.
Kimberly A. Williams (she/her) is an award-winning author, teacher, community activist, and engaging public speaker. She is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Women’s & Gender Studies at Mount Royal University where she teaches courses on men and masculinities, feminist, critical race, and queer theories, and global gender issues, including the transnational sex industry, globalization, and health and health care policies and practices.
Her book, Imagining Russia (2012), won the SUNY Press First Book Award in Women’s Studies. Most recently, Kim completed a research project examining the people, processes, and policies of evacuating family pets during the Fort McMurray, AB wildfire in May 2016. Her current book project, currently under contract with Fernwood Publishers, explores the gendered, racialized, and settler colonial dynamics of the annual Calgary Stampede. In the summer months, Kim also offers an historical walking tour of Calgary’s consensual adult industry. Learn more at https://yycsexworkwalkingtour.weebly.com/ and http://www.kawilliamsphd.com/.
In her free time, Kim hangs out with her best girl, a mini mystery mutt named Cricket, with whom she plays agility, climbs mountains, and explores Calgary’s green spaces.
Miranda Krogstad (she/her) Spoken word poet meets eternal optimist, Miranda’s poetry ranges in topic from child’s play to empowerment, giving life’s obstacles a feel-good finish. A member of the 2016 national wild card team, member of the 2013 Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre, Calgary Arts Development grant recipient, and a 2-time Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, she now runs the spoken word network YYSpeak: a communal and supportive space for local spoken word artists. https://www.mirandakrogstad.com