About the Author
Adebe De Rango-Adem. is a recent MA graduate and writer whose words travel between Toronto and New York City. She recently completed a research writing fellowship at the Applied Research Center in New York, where she wrote for ColorLines, America’s primary magazine on race politics. She has served as Assistant Editor for the arts and literary journal Existere, and was the 2007 York University poetry contest winner for her piece entitled “The Virtues of Love” as chosen by acclaimed writer and Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist nominee, Priscila Uppal. She is also a founding member of S.T.E.P. U.P.—a poetry collective dedicated to helping young writers develop their spoken word skills. Her poetry has been featured in sources such as Canadian Woman Studies Journal, The Claremont Review, Canadian Literature, and CV2. She won the Toronto Poetry Competition in 2005 to become Toronto’s first Junior Poet Laureate, and is the author of a chapbook entitled Sea Change (2007). Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo, will be published in early 2010.
Andrea Thompson is a performance poet who has been featured on film, radio, and television, with her work published in magazines, journals and anthologies across Canada. Thompson’s debut collection, Eating the Seed (2000), has been featured on the reading lists of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design, and her spoken word CD, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award in 2005. A pioneer of slam poetry in Canada, Thompson has also hosted Heart of a Poet on Bravo TV, CiTr Radio’s spoken word show, Hearsay.