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2012 Golden Beret Award

kirk miles

We are pleased to honor poet and activist Kirk Miles for his influence and impact on Spoken Word and poetry in Calgary. We will present the award and Miles will perform at Opening Night – The Saloon Salon on Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 PM at the Auburn Saloon (163 – 9th Ave. SE).

The Golden Beret Award is presented to a Canadian Spoken Word Poet who has made significant, lifelong contributions both to the Spoken Word genre and to the growth & development of their communities.

Kirk's poems have been produced on CBC's Alberta Anthology and his poetry has been published in journals across Canada.  As a playwright he earned recognition for his work, including an award.. Read more.... 

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Knoll Blog

Wil Knoll is an emerging theatre artist and hard core technology geek based in Calgary. He will tweet and blog throughout the festival, at the events and behind the scenes. Find out what happens in the secret passages by following his exploits in real life on:

twitter: @wintr
twitter: @CiSWF
Blog: (click here)


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The Spoken Word Workbook

This is the Go-To resource for Spoken Word Poetry
Imagination + Writing + Performance + History + Storytelling

Spoken Word Workbook

We have invited professional spoken word artists (among the top in the genre) to submit 3 interactive exercises intended to explore specific facets of spoken word. These exercises address 1) history 2) writing & 3) performance – and will lead the reader/participants on a creative journey of discovery. Learn from them as you learn more about yourself.

The Artists

  • José Acquelin (Montréal)
  • bill bissett (Toronto)
  • Regie Cabico (Washington DC)
  • George Elliott Clarke (Toronto)
  • Paul Dutton (Toronto)
  • Ian Ferrier (Montréal)
  • John Giorno (New York City)
  • Louise Bernice Halfe (Saskatoon)
  • Bob Holman (New York City)
  • Kaie Kellough (Montréal)
  • Shane Koyczan (Penticton)
  • Cheryl L'Hirondelle (Toronto)
  • Billeh Nickerson (Toronto)
  • Hilary Peach (Gabriola Island)
  • Robert Priest (Toronto)
  • Steven Ross Smith (Banff)
  • Quincy Troupe (New York City)
  • Anne Waldman (New York City)
  • Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary)
  • d'bi young (Toronto)

Learn from them and learn about yourself – tell your own story!

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