Andrea Thompson

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Andrea Thompson has been publishing and performing her work for over twenty-five years. In 2005 her spoken word album, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award, in 2009 she was the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour, and in 2019 her poetry album, Soulorations helped earn her the League of Canadian Poets’ Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. Thompson is co-author of the anthology, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, and author of the novel, Over Our Heads. Thompson currently teaches through Workman Arts, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), and the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She is a member of the Brick Books editorial collective and is the Artistic Director of Brick’s multimedia hub, Brickyard. Thompson’s work is featured in the anthology, Best Canadian Poetry: 2020, and she is the recipient of the 2021 Leon E. & Ann M. Pavlick Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection, A Selected History of Soul Speak, is published by Frontenac House as a part of their 2021 Quartet series.


History Prompt

Thought prompt: What personal ancestral streams feed your own approach to spoken word?

Writing prompt: Write a spoken word piece and celebration of these ancestors.

Craft & Writing

Craft & Writing Prompt

Thought prompt: How can spoken word artists learn from other creative disciplines?

Writing prompt: Write a piece in celebration of spoken word using vocabulary from another art form in order to create an extended metaphor.


Performance Prompt

Thought prompt: Can you remember a time when you overcame fear through action? How did you feel before and afterwards?

Writing prompt: Take your memory of that moment and turn it into a poem.