December 1, 2014

In light of recent events and conversations in the National Spoken Word community, Guelph Spoken Word has decided to develop a policy that includes a clear and transparent grievance process. We have come to feel that it is imperative to have a mechanism in place to process conflict, complaints and/or instances of grave harm that are brought to our attention.
As the Guelph Spoken Word board strives to develop and provide this new resource to our community, we would also like to recognize our limitations as volunteers; in regards to capacity, training and financial resources.
The Guelph Spoken Word board is currently reaching out to other spoken word organizers and local organizations to learn about their policies, best practices and processes. As a board we will review this information and other examples that come to our attention to draft a policy of our own. It is our intention that this policy can be used as tool, in our interest to continually improve the Guelph Spoken Word community.

If you have examples that you would like considered in our development process please
e-mail them to

Yours in growth… The Guelph Spoken Word Board
Beth Anne Ellipsis
Mark MacKinnon
Patrick Kelly
Truth Is …

Guelph Poetry Slam October Edition – October 18th


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Poetry Slam w/ Open Mic
$100 Slam prize
All ages
$10 Cover (Sliding scale available, FREE if you have a birthaversary in October)

Dia Davina is a wide-eyed, dancey-footed fledgling poet and insatiable wanderer. A queer, genderqueer, feminist, consent-activist, Dia is known for their raw, honest style of outspoken word that is equal parts art and social activism. After finding slam poetry in December 2012, Dia shimmy-shook their way in deep, recently winning fourth place in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships and currently holding the Queer Slam Champ title of their home slam scene in Vancouver. As a program facilitator, youth worker and child caregiver, Dia focuses their energy, both on and off-stage, on cultivating creative, engaged communities and sparking crucial social dialogue. They feel equally (albeit differently) passionate about intersectionality and bow ties, and both feature strongly in their poetry and their everyday life. Dia believes that spoken word can connect people, insight dialogue and smash that damn patriarchy. So, if you give them an open heart and mind, they will spill their messy guts all over a stage in hopes that you’ll recognize a little piece of yourself in there somewhere. As a white settler, they currently reside on Unceded Coast Salish Territories.