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April 1-6

Calgary Spoken Word Festival

Welcome to the 11th annual Calgary Spoken Word Festival - Oracular Spectacular! This is a week-long celebration of the poetic life. We are proud to offer a gathering of languages, voices, stories, and song. Please check out our program as there is something for everyone. Hope to see you at the festival!

Sheri-D Wilson
Artistic Director


Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award Winner

The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Festival are thrilled to announce the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award: bill bissett!

We are pleased to honor poet and artist bill bissett for his influence and impact on spoken word in Canada. The award will be presented to bill at the League of Canadian Poets’ Annual Poetry Festival and Conference award gala on June 7th, 2014.

This $1000.00 annual award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. The Golden Beret Award was first presented at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival in 2007.

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