Vanessa McGowan is a queer spoken word artist & singer/songwriter. McGowan's EP "Alive" was released by Factory Fast Records, NYC & her work can be heard as the only poetry, on musical compilations "Americana Retrofit" and "Smoking Gun" McGowan has been a competing national slam poet from 2012 to present as a member of three Toronto area teams. She opened for Buddy Wakefield during his 2014/15-word tour, is the highest ranking Canadian poet to perform in the Finals at The Capturing Fire Slam in Washington, DC and has featured at venues across North America. Publications include Divine Cockeyed Genius (bojit Press, 2012). McGowan is a proud 2014 alumna of the The Banff Centre for Creativity in Alberta, Canada & is co-founder of WordSpell, a female spoken word series in Toronto where she resides.