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Off The Page: A Writer's Open Mic feat. Billie the Kid

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Are you looking for more spoken word? Need more short stories, monologues, lyrics, excerpts, poetry, etc. in your life?

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Join us for a welcoming writer's open mic! Bring your original work to share all formats, genres, or bring something you've read that's been inspiring your creative side and imagination.

All ages welcome although content can be explicit.

Sign-up and tech check at 7:30pm EST. Open mic starts at 8pm EST. Please ensure you arrive on time, we will not be letting anyone into the event after 8:05pm.

Our May feature poet:

Billie the Kid is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she currently resides in Kingston, Ontario, the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Her poetry breathes life into narratives as she explores relationships with family, friends, food, and the dynamic nature of dreams.

Billie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and has performed at events across Turtle Island from CUPSI to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Notably, she took second place at the 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Billie is currently one of the directors of Voices of Today, a national poetry festival for youth run by youth.

Our May local spotlight:

Jeffrey Reid Pettis lives and works in Guelph as an educator. He studied English and Philosophy at University and recently completed his Master's in English, focusing on contemporary(ish) paranoid fiction. His published academic work includes an essay on the panoptocism and performance of Breaking Bad and a forthcoming critical introduction for an obscure Victorian magazine. His debut chapbook of poetry, Citrus and Shadow, was released by Vocamus Press in 2019. He listens to loud music loudly, writes quiet poems quietly, and cares deeply about caring for others.

Note: To protect our features and guests, we may remove any person from the Zoom event if we have any concerns about their behaviour. To reduce the risk of being removed, we recommend you turn your camera on when you enter the event and introduce yourself by microphone or chat.

Due the necessity for social distancing to help our community stay as healthy as possible Guelph Spoken Word has made the decision to do our usual monthly writers' open mic online.

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