Adrienne Adams (she/her) is a poet, artist and curator dedicated to creating safer inter-sectional space to honour the feminine. She curates Woolf’s Voices (aka Virginia), joking that it’s an excuse to howl in public. Her poetry is published in Antilang, FreeFall, Politics/letters live (Car Poems), Polyglot, Wax Poetry and Art, Rose Quartz and forthcoming in NōD, and several other publications. She has featured at South Country Fair (Lotusland Stage), The New Beat (The Indie YYC), Storytellers (The Indie YYC) ,Expressions Poetry, FlyWheel, University of Calgary Spoken Word, YYCSPEAK Reading Series, The People’s Poetry and Ignite Festivals and co-curated for Single Onion and the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. This year she is honoured to be Co – Curator for Storytellers by The Indie YYC. Visit her at https://adrienneadamsartandpoetry.com
Amy LeBlanc (she/her) is a writer and editor from Calgary, Alberta. She is currently non-fiction editor at filling Station magazine and is the author of two chapbooks, most recently “Ladybird, Ladybird” published with Anstruther Press (August 2018). Amy’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press (Spring 2020). Her debut novella Unlocking will be published by the UCalgary Press in their Brave and Brilliant Series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others and she was recently long-listed for Room Magazine’s 2018 Short Forms Contest. She is currently completing an MA in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary. Visit her website for more information: https://amyjleblanc.com/
Amy will be curating Woolf’s Voices in September.
Josephine LoRe’s (she/her) words have appeared in these Canadian, American, British and Japanese print and on-line publications: Asahi Haikuist, the UC Review, Haiku Canada, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku and Ephemerae. She is a winner of Japan’s Setouchi-Matsuyama Photo-Haiku Contest, a Wax Poetry and Art Contest, and the Norma Epstein Prize for Poetry at the University of Toronto.
She has featured at Indie YYC’s New Beat, Pitbull Poetry, Can You Hear Me Now, ShelfLife Books, Poetry at La Pâtisserie, the Flywheel Reading Series, the Single Onion’s Hear’s my Soul, Café Blanca, and Woolf’s Voices. She has read at poetic events ranging from open mics to tributes, including Poetry in the Prow, Words That Move Me, the People’s Poetry Festival, ArtWalk, poetry at the Stephansson House, Unspoken, the Single Onion’s Gender-Honouring edition, a Rupi Kaur panel and Women Echoing Women in Vancouver.
Her first chapbook “Unity” was published in 2018. Her second, “The Cowichan Series” published in 2019, was #1 on the Calgary Herald Bestseller List.
She has an MA in Comparative Literature from l’Université de Rouen in France.
… a pearl in this diamond world
Josephine will be curating Woolf’s Voices in February.
katie o’brien (they/them) is a community worker, queer activist, and Netflix enthusiast living and working in Mohkínstsis (Calgary). They are a recent graduate of Mount Royal University (Dip. Social Work) and the University of Calgary (B.A. in Sociology, minor in Biological Sciences). katie also writes poetry, and has been published in journals such as (parenthetical), Riddle Fence, NōD Magazine, and HYSTERIA. Their third chapbook, a peal of thunder, a moment of, was published by The Blasted Tree in June 2019.
Learn more at http://krobrien.com/
katie will be curating Woolf’s Voices in November.
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