On April 3, we hosted PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards, featuring 20 talented poets, each reading four minutes of their work. All poets maximized their limited time and gave us a showing of funny, compelling and beautiful performances. It was a fantastic way to begin National Poetry Month.
All the participants delivered remarkable work, however, it was Doyali Islam who stood out on this day to earn the 2019 title of top bard. We caught up with her to discuss the people she has to thank for her journey so far, the moment she fell in love with poetry and the poet we should all be looking out for.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kegedonce Press, “one of only three established Aboriginal publishers in Canada”. We’ve compiled a list of books from prominent Indigenous writers, all of which are just as enlightening as they are compelling. You won’t soon forget this cast of characters as they embark on quests for self-discovery and survival.