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Speaking Poetry to Power

Originally aired on October 27
Re-release February 01

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Join the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Canadian award-winning poets and activists Kelisha Daley, Martin Gomes, Khiem Hoang, Shahaddah Jack and Zara Rahman for an empowering archived presentation of the power of performance (originally aired on October 27, 2021). In conversation with Desiree Mckenzie, the poets share the tools that youths need to create their own poetry and writing, and the necessary techniques to reflect the challenges and change they’d like to inspire in the world around them.

All presenters are mentees of the iAM Programme: a youth-led arts and social justice mentorship for equity-seeking youth in Canada aged 12–26. Desiree Mckenzie is an award-winning performer and arts educator, who in 2019, earned the title of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Champion.

Recommended for ages 11 and up.

English captioning is available for this video. Please click the ‘CC’ button in the video toolbar to turn it on.

This event is currently re-released as part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2023 KUUMBA Presented by TD Bank Group, Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration. The video is available to watch for free throughout the month of February. Learn more here.

This event is presented in partnership with the Reading is Magic Festival.

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Speaking Poetry to Power

Originally aired on October 27
Re-release February 01


Khiem Hoang headshot

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Khiem Hoang

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