Our Poets

Want to meet awesome poets?  You’ve come to the right place!

Our poets have a diverse range of experiences and styles.  They have won awards and national slam competitions; they have participated in tournaments and performed in venues across the continent; they have helped organize festivals and reading series; and they have spent hours upon hours working with (and being) youth.  Don’t they sound awesome?  If you want to book them for a workshop, get in touch with us at poets.raising.voices@gmail.com.

 

Jeremy Loveday

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Jeremy Loveday’s work has sparked international debate and earned him an M-Award for “Favourite Spoken Word Performer.”  A member of several Victoria Poetry Slam teams, Loveday’s poem “Masks Off: A Challenge to Men,” has received over 750 000 views on YouTube.  He coordinates Victorious Voices, the Vancouver Island high school poetry slam championship.

Morgan Purvis

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Morgan Purvis is the 2014 City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate, and was named the 2014 YouthCanSlam Poet of Honour.  In 2013, she represented Vic Slam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

shayne avec i grec

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shayne avec i grec has been twice-nominated for M-Awards as Victoria’s “Favourite Spoken Word Performer,” and has twice-represented Vic Slam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.  Currently the Brandon Folk, Music, and Art Festival (Manitoba) Poet Laureate, he has toured throughout North America for the past decade.

Holly Lam

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Holly Lam was a three-time member of the Reynolds Secondary School poetry slam team, with whom she won the inaugural Hullabaloo (BC High School Poetry Slam championship) and twice won Victorious Voices.  In 2013, she became the Vic Youth Slam champion.  Currently a student at UVic, Holly studies Creative Writing and Women’s Studies.

Aaron Simm

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Aaron Simm is a poet, playwright, hip-hop artist, and workshop facilitator, living in Victoria, BC. He has been a featured artist at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and was the co-founder of the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival. He is a multiple time slam poetry champion, and his work has been featured on stages all across the country.

Elysia Glover

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A member of the 2014 Victoria Slam Team, Elysia Glover earned her B.A. and teaching certification from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she became heavily involved with research and programming related to issues of educational equity in American urban schools. While relatively new to the Canadian spoken word community, she has been involved in the arts for most of her life.

Scott Thompson

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Scott Thompson has been on four Vic Slam Teams, as both competitor and coach. Also a seasoned improviser, and has been teaching improvised theatre for four years.  Scott specializes in helping students reach their performance goals.  He is able to pull out the creative energy tucked away inside each student, all while creating the safe space necessary for them to take their important first steps

Pam Stewart

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Pam Stewart was an organizer for the 2014 Victoria Spoken Word Festival, and a member of the 2013 Vic Slam team.  She has been an active member of both the Victoria and Winnipeg spoken word communities for the past three years as an organizer, performer, and facilitator.

Annie Lepage

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Annie Lepage competed at the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word on the Vic Slam Team. She has facilitated many youth theatre and theatre for social justice projects, having studied theatre at York University. Currently studying Child & Youth Care and Anthropology, she fosters community and mental wellness through art.

Johnny MacRae

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The Raising Voices Program Director, Johnny MacRae, has represented Vancouver twice (2009/2010) and Victoria once (2013) at national poetry slam tournaments.  He has been a regional grand champion (Vancouver) and a national underground champion, as well as a two-time Canadian Individual Poetry Slam finalist.  In 2013, he was named the Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour.