Toronto Poetry Project is partnering with the International Festival of Authors and the British Council in Canada to launch the Festival’s first Poetry Slam! Like Toronto Poetry Project’s usual events at the Drake Hotel, anyone can perform on the mic in the two-round slam. This high-energy poetry concert will showcase some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists, entertain and enlighten the audience. Featuring Deanna Rodgers and Dean Atta from London (UK). Hosted by David Silverberg, the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam.
Do you want to perform? Registration starts at 6pm!
This event is co-presented by Toronto Poetry Project, IFOA and the British Council Canada.
Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List. He has performed across the UK and internationally. He has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo.
Deanna Rodger is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Commissions include: Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT). Accolades include: ELLE UK’s '30 inspirational women under 30', The Female Lead’s '20 in their 20s' and youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007/8). She has performed in different places around the world including Mexico, Canada, Beirut, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sudan. She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University. Her debut collection 'I Did It Too' is published by Burning Eye.
David Silverberg is the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam, a spoken word competition occurring biweekly at The Drake Hotel. David has hosted more than hundreds of events across Canada, including the Future of Media series, Word On The Street poetry showcases, Toronto Public Library poetry slams and much more. His first poetry book Bags of Wires (LyricalMyrical) was closely followed by his first TEDx performance in 2015 at the Ontario Science Center. His non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, Vice, The Globe & Mail, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. His forthcoming book of poetry in 2018 will be published by ChiZine.