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Words to Live By feat. Free Will

17 Mar

When I first started performing poetry four years ago, I was so nervous I couldn’t eat before performing or wear my glasses. I can still remember my fears when I performed the first poem I wrote, “Everyone Loves An Asian Girl,” at the Oneness Poetry Showcase.

It was my second performance in public and first time sharing in Ottawa. I was welcomed with open arms to the poetry community and this show was an important space for many first-time performers. I hope Words to Live By has picked up where Oneness left off in creating an open, safe and intimate environment for artists to speak their voices.

We’re very excited to feature FreeWill, the poet who created the show, this Wednesday, March 19 at Pressed Cafe. Please come and show your support for someone who has made a huge impact in Ottawa’s spoken word community. Be sure to check out some photos from last month’s packed show!

Words To Live By

Shane Book came all the way from Philadelphia to feature at Words to Live By. (Artemysia Fragiskatos) Shane Book came all the way from Philadelphia to feature at Words to Live By. (Artemysia Fragiskatos)

Words to Live By was packed last month as we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the national anthology, The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry.

Many beautiful words were shared during the open mic and by our talented featured poets. Thanks again to Scruffmouth Scribe, Anthony Bansfield, Shane Book, John Akpata, Eddy Garnier, Ikenna Onyegbula and Brandon Wint for their fabulous performances.

Celebrating The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry anthology. (Artemysia Fragiskatos) Celebrating The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry anthology. (Artemysia Fragiskatos)

Scruffmouth Scribe and John Akpata. (Artemysia Fragiskatos) Scruffmouth Scribe and John Akpata. (Artemysia Fragiskatos)

Eddy Garnier. (Artemysia Fragiskatos) Eddy Garnier. (Artemysia Fragiskatos)

This month, we’ll be featuring a veteran of Ottawa’s spoken word scene, Free Will, on March 19, 2014.

Free Will. Free Will.

Free Will is a spoken word poet of settler origin living in Anishinabe Aki (un-ceded Algonquin nation territory). He began performing spoken word poetry a decade ago. He…

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3 Responses to “Words to Live By feat. Free Will”

  1. Shery Alexander Heinis April 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi Jenna – Loved the Free Will performance! Like you, I was nervous for my first performance at Pressed, but it turned out ok (phew!) I’ll surely be back. You guys are great!

    • Jenna Tenn-Yuk April 15, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Shery, you were wonderful and I’m so glad you shared at Words to Live By. Looking forward to your next performance!

      • Shery Alexander Heinis April 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

        Thanks!

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