Mary Pinkoski is an award-winning spoken word poet from Edmonton. She is currently Edmonton's Poet Laureate. In 2013 she placed third at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship, making her the current top-ranked female slam poet in Canada. In 2011, she won the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word national slam championship as captain of the Edmonton slam team. She was also voted Most Valuable Poet of that festival. In 2008 Mary was the winner of the national CBC Poetry Face-off. When not performing across North America, Mary leads workshops for youth and adults. She is currently creating a full-length spoken word show called Land in the Veins. For more information visit: www.marypinkoski.com.