Hot Damn It's a Queer Slam St Catharines feat Kay & Linette

January 5, 2018

Our Action Group St Catharines Poetry Slam has a Saturday packed full of poetry events!


Starting off with a workshop which details for can be found here.


In the evening, SCPS has partnered with Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam to bring you the St. Catharines installment of the series.

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Meet our glorious features! Linette Wade (they/them) is an Aries from the Jersey Shore, so they're not sure what you mean by "speed limit." Their work focuses on the intersections of transgender identity, mental illness and its subsequent vices, escaping suburbia, and sexuality in context. Linette is the final/reigning Loser Slam Grand Slam Champ (2016), a multiple Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Bettering American Poetry nominee (2016 & 2017), hosted finals stage at the 2017 Texas Grand Slam, was a CUPSI semi-finalist representing Rowan University (2016), and previously held an executive board position for the Philadelphia Fuze Slam. Linette has toured extensively throughout North America, performing at venues such as Busboys & Poets, Electric Truth, Write About Now, and the Bowery Poetry Club. Linette has also designed the layout for a multitude of print-based projects, including the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Festival Guide and Philadelphia-based poet Noor Ibn Najam's chapbook Sovereign Ancestrial. Linette's work has been published or is forth-coming from journals like Public Pool, FreezeRay, Blueshift Journal, Crab Fat Magazine, The Penn Review, Juked, and Tinderbox Journal. Most recently they won Sundog Lit's inaugural collaboration contest with torrin a. greathouse, and they were a publication winner of The Atlas Review's annual reading contest for their chapbook BLOODMUCK.


Kay Kassirer (they/them) is a spoken-word poet, organizer, and activist who currently resides on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh First Nations.

Kay has taken the North American poetry community by storm. This past year alone, they not only took on the role of Festival Director for SpoCan’s official youth poetry slam “Voices of Today,” but also stepped up as assistant slam master for the Canadian Festival of Spoken word.

Notably, Kay was the 2016 Capturing Fire rep for Hot Damn! It's a Queer Slam, and went on to take second in the festival. Kay has performed on numerous other final stages, including CFSW 2015 (the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word), CIPS 2016 and 2017 (the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam), & The Queer Resurgence Poetry Slam, Hosted by the Seattle Poetry Slam.

Education, healing, and community are three amongst many pillars supporting the voice of this artist, creating an undeniable force for social innovation through literary arts.

Using their voice to evoke change, Kay can be found facilitating workshops, or presenting as a feature performer throughout the various vibrant North American poetry scenes.

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