The Single Onion welcomes everyone to its 2018 Lecture Series Part II — Black History Month: A Celebration in Poetry
This event is curated by Calgary poet Wakefield Brewster.
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 PM.
WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (shelflifebooks.ca)
Julian Smith is a seasoned poet who was born and raised in Queens, New York. Writing and performing poetry since 9 years young, Julian’s first taste of the stage was at 6 years old reciting Martin Luther King’s famous I have a dream speech. Julian is one of the organizers and host of a monthly spoken word event, “Say Word,” which takes place every third Tuesday of the month at The Mission Restaurant, right in Mission. Motivated by causing positive growth and change in people’s lives, he writes utilizing Neurolinguistics in his poems and always hopes that what he says resonates consciously and subconsciously for those who listen.
Tola Dee is an aspiring Canadian filmmaker, poet, and a founding member of Darkberry Creative, a group of diverse local artists based in Calgary. With a degree in Fine Arts, Tola began writing poetry as a creative outlet to overcome misfortunes and difficulties she experienced early in life. For Tola, writing is a profound expression of self, and it gives her an opportunity to make thought-provoking social commentaries through her words. In 2013, her semi-autobiographical poem was turned into a short film. Tola credits her style and influences to the likes of Lillian Allen, Fela Kuti, and Ursula Rucker. The filmmaker and poet continues to perform her inspirational poetry at events, festivals and open mics. Currently, Tola is working on her third film and plans to make more films dealing with social responsibility, femininity and cultural issues.
Mel Vee mesmerizes, captivates and incites with her spoken word. She is a passionate advocate for the power of narrative to heal and liberate. Mel Vee knows we are the gift we have been hiding from ourselves and seeks to inspire redemption, thoughtfulness, contemplation and joy through her work. She was a member of Calgary’s 2017 slam team, semi-finalists at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, co-founding member of the Uproot YYC collective and is currently working on an anti-racist podcast through Community Wise.
•Spoken Word Artist
•3-Time Calgary Poetry Slam Champion