Charlie Petch

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Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto. A poet, playwright, librettist, musician, lighting designer and host – Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for SpeakNorth National Festival, winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Spoken Word Award with The League of Canadian Poets (2020), and founder of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam. Petch is a touring performer, as well as a mentor and workshop facilitator. Find out more at


History Prompt

Spoken word is international. But we all have different styles, using your own lineage. Find out about the artists that came before you: what sort of practices or forms they have and try them on your own. Research the history of where you’re presently living, or where you might feel most at home and do the same process.

Craft & Writing

Craft & Writing Prompt

The best way to improve your writing is to read more. Buy or borrow from the library poetry journals. You can read those online and read the work out loud. Keep a notebook by to jot down the names of the poets you enjoy.


Performance Prompt

Too often we shy away from performance because we’re not sure if we can recover on stage from forgetting from being heckled from any embarrassment. So using a partner or a group of friends, practice these moments so heckle each other and review what worked and what didn’t.