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Words Unzipped | inspoken/outspoken

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


March 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Nina Haggerty Gallery
9225 118 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0K6 Canada
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Tickets by donation at the door

Interdisciplinary Spoken Word


In this live performance of energetic, dynamic, outspoken poetry, you will enjoy clever, touching wordplay, and a look into the multi-layered experiences of the souls and minds that examine life and its contents through the art of spoken word.

Panel discussion and Q&A on the theme of “Identity” will wrap up the show. Come with questions at the ready!

Deaf audiences welcome (ASL Interpretation by NICA Consolidated)
ASL/English Interpreters | Hope Lagaden and Alicia Ponciano
Deaf Consultant/ASL VLOG Creator | Connor Yuzwenko-Martin



Karimah, Curator

Karimah is a french/english speaking Pop/R&B singer/songwriter who reached the top 24 on “The Voice Canada” season 5, a.k.a “La Voix” in 2017. Her emotionally raw and introspective lyrics and sweet melodies are heart wrenching and healing. Look out for her debut solo EP in 2019. Karimah is pleased to host Words Unzipped poetry showcase and panel discussion on the theme of “Identity.”  Follow her online at @karimahmusik. Buy her music at


Medgine Mathurin

Haitian-born poet, psalmist and spoken word artist Medgine Mathurin is a person for whom the love of language and the alchemy of words is second nature. Her multi-lingual upbringing (french, creole, english) not only prompted her to begin experimenting with the potential and magic of language, but naturally compelled her into a deep love of poetry. Medgine is among the rare and necessary category of artist who understands the inextricable relationship between a poet’s life and words. Medgine is currently working on her first collection of poetry.

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian poet and artist, and the Festival Producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion, and has performed across Canada and the world at festivals, features, and slams. Nisha is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in Business Economics and Law, a minor in Political Science, and an inaugural Certificate in Leadership. She is a proud member of the Breath in Poetry Collective, and works to further her goal of bringing poetry into non-poetic spaces with the work that she does to build a stronger artistic community.

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017

Lebogang Disele

Lebogang Disele is a PhD student at the University of Alberta and a lecturer at the University of Botswana. Her focus in theatre and performance includes dance, acting, directing and more recently, dramaturgy. For the past three years she has been focused on growing her company, The LC Performance Lab, through which she has produced four performances. Recent performance credits include What (Black) Life Requires, at the Mile Zero Sesquicentennial Party curated by Bridget Jessome, the Mile Zero Dirt Buffet curated by Mpoe Mogale and at the 2017 Expanse Festival, “In the Shadow of Blessings” at Alchemy II curated by Brandon Wint and Unwoven at the 2018 SkirtsAfire Festival, curated by Nasra Adem. Lebo was also a co-dramaturge for David Kennedy’s adaptation of The Lower Depths (2018).

You can catch a staged play reading of Lebogang’s latest play, “Baleti,” at Peep Show! on Saturday, March 16 at 4:30pm.

Shima “Dwennimmen” Robinson

Edmonton-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name – Dwennimmen; the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this Alberta poetry community veteran uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection.