Brandon Wint is an Ontario born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joys, devastations and inequities associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone. In this way, Brandon Wint is devoted to a poetics of world making, world altering and world breaking.
For Brandon, the written and spoken word is a tool for examining and enacting his sense of justice, and imagining less violent futures for himself and the world he has inherited. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after, touring performer, and has presented his work in the United States, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Jamaica. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry.
Since getting her start as a young spoken word artist in California, she has brought her writing to stages across North America. In 2011 she placed second in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, and continues to share her work at events ranging from literary festivals to labour union conventions, from showcases in ornate theatres to house shows in someone's basement.
Her work has been anthologized in Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2011) and published in print and online. Lucia's first collection of poetry will be released by Write Bloody North in the fall of 2019.
A veteran arts educator, Lucia is committed to helping others—especially youth—step into their creative, personal, and political power through writing. She facilitates spoken word workshops with WordPlay: Poetry In Schools, as an ArtStarts Poet in Residence, and a teaching artist at youth camps up and down the West Coast.