poetry jam

Poetry Jam coming back this June in the comfort of your home!

Poetry JAM: Back at the Mic is here! Save the date for more of the spoken word: Thursday, June 17, 7PM.

For a second time this year, we are bringing together some of Montreal’s most talented spoken wordsmiths in an online showcase.

The wonderful and talented Deanna Smith will once again be our host! She will be joined by our invited artists for the evening – and here they are:

Rana Bose

Justin Johnson

Maguy Métellus

Rodney St-Eloi

Thalia Urbani

Following the presentation, our poets will participate in a virtual live discussion and Q&A with the audience.

We are Back at the Mic and we want you to join us June 17, 7PM! Click here to learn more:

Choose your preferred platform to watch Poetry JAM below:

Thalia Urbani

Thalia Malaïka Urbani Ubalijoro is a young artist currently finishing her last year of high school in Quebec. Her passions are poetry, singing, storytelling, musical composition, and painting. Having taken singing lessons for over six years, Thalia has learned to sing diverse music genres, including blues, jazz, classical, gospel, and pop. She has helped fundraise for the Hakhu project (an indigenous-led organization supporting women empowerment across the Amazon) and several different causes dear to her (Concert for Kids with Cancer, Africa Diaspora Fights Coronavirus.) She plans to continue her training in arts and music at the University of Ottawa. Thalia is currently writing her first fantasy book and is an alumna of the Arrivals Belonging Project. 

Rana Bose

Rana Bose is a writer, author, poet and professional engineer. He has written twelve plays (published and performed) and three novels. The last one–Fog–won the Best fiction in Canada award from The Miramichi Reader. He is currently working on a fourth novel. 

Maguy Métellus

Maguy Métellus is a Haitiano-Quebecoise mother, grandmother, militante afroféministe, human rights advocate, diseuse and animatrice. In May 2015 she co-founded the Lectures Logos Readings with H. Nigel Thomas and the late Horace I. Goddard. Over the past twenty years she has become a staple in the community. She now revels in her new status as a beloved elder.

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson or Just J., a Montreal based performer of Jamaican and Canadian descent. A regular on the Quebec theatre scene and a frequent collaborator with Black Theatre Workshop’s many programs, readings, workshops and shows. With a background in acting, directing, singing and dancing, multi-disciplinary powerhouse Just J. is also venturing into a journey of music making. At an early age, he lost his father to the tragedy that is police brutality. The weight of the lost opportunity of having his father has impacted his creative process and approach to life, but he has worked to turn pain into positivity as he uses his art as a tool to heal, explore and spread joy. Having studied theatre at Dawson College in Montreal, and working closely with Montreal’s illustrious Black Theatre Workshop through their Artist Mentorship Program, Justin fell in love with the process of charming audiences and making people smile.

Rodney St-Eloi

 

Rodney St-Éloi is a poet, writer, essayist, academician and is the founder of the publishing house Memory of Ink. He is the author of some twenty titles in poetry, narrative and essay. Traveller, lecturer, passer of texts, forms and memoirs, his publishing house is a reference in diversity and literature-world.

Poetry JAM: Back at the Mic will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube

Thursday, June 17, 7PM

With the generous support of 

Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s longest running Black theatre company and is committed to reflecting Black culture and community by developing and providing visibility for Black Canadian artists. Black Theatre Workshop is an award-winning English-speaking theatre company based in Montreal, Quebec.