Calgary Spoken Word Society


2015 marks a turning point for The Calgary Spoken Word Society!

This year we are discontinuing the festival, but sign up for our mail list and we will keep you posted when new opportunities arise.

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About Us

The Calgary Spoken Word Society was created in November 2003 by poet Sheri-D Wilson. Influenced by its founder's passion, the Society's vision is to develop a forum for the dissemination and promotion of Spoken Word Poetry locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, through performance and education.

Check out Word Travels & look for upcoming workshops!


Weekend Workshop

Spoken Word - Slam!

August 22 & 23 2015

A full on weekend of Spoken Word Poetry that will challenge you - that will take you deeper into your own authentic voice - that will inspire you. The workshop will encompass aspects of writing, thinking and performance - the cost is $150. (Slide-scale for under-employed)

Sheri-D Wilson

Internationally known Spoken Word pioneer Sheri-D Wilson has 9 collections of poetry-most recent-Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; following Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe. She has written 5 produced plays, produced 2 CDs & 4 Video-Poems, & she co-created 1 ballet for Ballet BC. She also edited the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

* 2015 Writer-In-Residence (Kwantlen University) * 2013 CBC Top 10 Poets in Canada * 2009 Ted Talk * 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * 2005 SpoCan Poet of Honour * People's Choice * 2006 Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * 2003 USA Heavyweight Bout Champion * 5 Jessie Playwright Nominations * Ace Film Award * & Nominated The Canadian Author Who Would Make The Best LOVER!"

Featured in Chatelaine Magazine, a regular on CBC, a Ted-Talk, and the subject of a half- hour documentary Heart of a Poet, et cetera. Of the beat tradition, in 1989 she studied at Naropa University (Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics).

Regie Cabico

Regie Cabico (U.S.) poet and spoken word pioneer, won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam in 1993. Television appearances include two seasons on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam."

His work appears in over 30 anthologies. He co-edited Poetry Nation: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (1998).

He has directed two plays for the 2007 and 2008 Hip Hop Theater Festival, Elegies in the Key Funkand The Other Side. He has been artist-in-residence for New York University's Asian American Studies program and at Deanza College. He is the artistic director of Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization in Washington, D.C.

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