New Tricks for Old Slam Dogs


I’m very honoured to have participated in the Winnipeg Poetry Slam season this year, which was facilitated by a dedicated group of volunteers who provided a safe and supportive space for this old dog to try some new tricks. Warm thanks go out to Larysa Musick, Mason Kanne and Joanne Schapansky for their generousity and enthusiasm for the community.

And it was a very special evening last night’s finals as the season culminated in me winning first place! I’ll be representing ‘the Peg this fall at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Peterborough, Ontario. And I won’t be alone – I’ll be joined by 4 stellar young voices who are just itching to leap headfirst into the community culture and grow as artists and people. Big shout out to Derrick Natchtigall, Lindsey Olver and Joanne Schapansky! I can’t wait to see what tales we’ll weave together as a team.

After a couple of rough years, it feels like a landmark has been reached, giving me a solid pick-me-up for my current work, and whatever is to come next, including the Winnipeg Fringe Festival production: SLAM!

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