Guelph Spoken Word Team

Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet! He uses the mundane to give you a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a storyteller, and his stories are deeply personal. He is a nationally competing poet, finishing 5th (team) & 6th (individual) in Canada. His poetry is a staple at the many festivals of Kitchener-Waterloo (where he resides) and southwest Ontario, including Cherry Festival, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street. He was an opening act for artists such as Carlos Andres Gomez and national festivals like Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. His debut book has been funded by Ontario Arts Council, Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and Public Interest Research Groups, and will be released in mid 2018.

Truth Is … A poet, a writer, a motivational speaker & an arts educator. In addition to Slam and a long list of feature performances across Canada and the U.S., Truth Is … has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equity, youth motivation and labour. She has also opened up for Canadian Hip-Hop idol K-OS & legendary activist Angela Davis.

EKM is a poet living in Guelph, a settler on the traditional lands of the Attawandaron, Anishnabek, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas of the New Credit; territory subject to the Dish with One Spoon Covenant. She is studying Physics, practicing being kind, and putting words to feelings. She writes and performs about life, trauma, friendship, home, and hope.

Danielle Workman Writing has been a passion for Danielle since the highschool smoking pit, to three kids amuck and a her second career launch. When she attended her first poetry slam three years ago, her life was forever changed! Since she has been writing and performing poetry at open mics and slams monthly. Her poetry is one part sentimental and compassionate, one part fiercely honest and all heart. Danielle is part of the Guelph Spoken Word arts organization building community, awareness and love for performance poetry.

Patrick Kelly With a focus on the craft of writing, Patrick has completed a body of work on farming, food sovereignty, and food security through an OAC Literary Creation Project grant. To him, poetry and writing are powerful ways to heal, reflect, and grow beyond one’s experiences. He loves helping others find their way out of the words. He was a part of the 2017 Guelph Poetry Slam Team that placed 4th in the country and he has contributed to Guelph Spoken Word as a board member and organiser since 2013.