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WORK
2012-   Director of Banff Centre Spoken Word
2008-   Arts Educator (Writing/Performance) / English Language Instructor
2002-   Whirling Dervish Dancer (Semazen) / Vocalist
2000-   Director of Mother Tongue Media
1996-   Spoken Word Artist
Birth-   Poet


EDUCATION
2015   The Banff Centre World Music Persian & Eastern Traditions Program (Banff AB)
2010   The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program (Banff AB)
2007   Turkish Language Certificate . Dilmer (Istanbul Turkey)
2001   TESL Certificate . ESL International Training Centre (Vancouver BC)
1997   B.A. in Creative Writing & English Literature . Concordia University (Montreal QC)


GRANTS 
2016   Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec CALQ . Literature - Travel
2016  
Canada Council for the Arts . Writing & Publishing - Travel
2016   Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec CALQ . Literature - Travel
2015   Canada Council for the Arts . Writing & Publishing - Lit. Performance & Spoken Word
2015   Banff Centre World Music Residency Eastern Traditions Scholarship
2012   Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Artist Residency
2011   
Canada Council for the Arts . Writing & Publishing - Lit. Performance & Spoken Word
2011   Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Artist Residency
2010   Banff Centre Spoken Word Program Scholarship
2010   Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Artist Residency
2009   Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Artist Residency
2007   Canada Council for the Arts . Writing & Publishing - Spoken Word & Storytelling
2004   Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre Artist Residency
2003   Canada Council for the Arts . Film and Video Artists / Production
2003   Canada Council for the Arts . Writing & Publishing - Spoken Word & Storytelling


AWARDS
2013   Poet of Honour, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Montreal Canada
2013   Golden Beret Award, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Calgary Canada
2006   Best International Work Award, Chroma Audiovisual Art Festival, Mexico City Mexico
            (“Almost Forgot My Bones” videopoem)
2004   Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Canada
            (“Almost Forgot My Bones” videopoem)
2004   Audience Choice Award, Vancouver Videopoetry Festival, Vancouver Canada
            (“Almost Forgot My Bones” videopoem)


PUBLICATIONS

AUDIO
2016  
ZENSHIP (audio recording, Mother Tongue Media, Canada) artist-producer
2012   “Language for Gods” (audio recording, Mother Tongue Media, Canada) artist-producer
2009   “Blue Bop Vol. 1” by Jerry the Cat (audio recording, Dark River Media, US) guest spoken word artist/vocalist
2008   “The Memorists” (audio recording, Mother Tongue Media, Canada) artist-producer
2007   “800” by Mercan Dede (
audio recording, Doublemoon Records, Turkey) guest spoken word artist
2006   “Southfull” by Brifo (
audio recording, La Baleine Records, France) featured spoken word artist/vocalist
2004   “Invisible World” (
audio recording, Mother Tongue Media, Canada) artist-producer
2004   “Coastal Tongue - CD Anthology Women in Spoken Word in Vancouver”
             (Ed. Cowan & Bricker, Canada) featured spoken word artist
2001   “Ribsauce - CD Anthology of Words by Women”
             (Wired on Words/Vehicule Press, Canada) featured spoken word artist

VIDEO
"Mundo Gumbo" IN PROGRESS
2015  
Her Turn Dir. Moksha Summer (film installation, US) featured whirlign dervish/poet
2012   “A Lover's Call” Dir. Najma Nuriddin (short film, US) featured vocalist
2011   “One Through Love” (Cem Productions, documentary, US) featured whirling dervish
2010   “Generation Exile” (Meloweb Productions, documentary, US) featured whirling dervish
2009   “In Search of Ecstasy” (Global Spirit, documentary, US) featured whirling dervish
2006   “Death for Beginners” by Brifo (music video, France) featured spoken word artist
2004   “Almost Forgot My Bones” (Bowen Arrow Productions, videopoem, Canada) artist-co-producer

PRINT
"
Bothism" IN PROGRESS
"Griotte" IN PROGRESS
2017    100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE ANTHOLOGY - forthcoming
2017    WSQ - FEMINIST PRESS - forthcoming
2017    MAKING ROOM - 40 YEARS OF ROOM MAGAZINE - forthcoming
2016   ARC Poetry Magazine  (#83 Fall 2016) featured poet
2016    MORE CAUGHT IN THE ACT - an anthology of performance art in Canada
             Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars Ed. YYZBOOKS, Toronto Canada featured artist
2016    ORATOREALIS Vo.1 #1 featured poet
2015  
ARC Poetry Magazine - The Spoken Word Issue (#78 Fall 2015) Guest Editor
2015   Love Where the Nights are Twice as Long anthology from Goose Lane
2014  
Cordite Poetry Review December issue 48.1
2014  
Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women” Vol 7 2014
              Lynn Sweeting Ed. (WomanSpeak Books, Bahamas) featured poet
2013   “The Great Black North-Contemporary African Canadian Poetry”
              Valerie Mason-John & Kevan Cameron Ed. (Frontenac House, Canada) featured poet
2012   “Love Letter to Anatolia” (chapbook, Mother Tongue Media) poet-publisher
2008  
KOLA - A Black Literary Magazine Vol 20 #1 Spring 2008
              George Elliott Clarke guest Ed. (Black Writer's Guild) Quebec Canada
featured poet
2007   Arabesque Review Contemporary Women's Literature Vol 3 Issue 2 Aug. 2007 Algeria featured poet
2002   “Bluesprint – Black British Columbia Literature and Orature”
              Wayde Compton Ed. (Arsenal Pulp Press, Canada) featured poet
2002   “All Wound Up – Alternative Writing from BC” (Ripple Effect Press, Canada) featured poet
2001   A Room's of One's Own - Home and Away (Growing Room Collective) Dec. 2001 featured poet
2001   “The Golden Section” (chapbook, Mother Tongue Media) poet-publisher
2000   “Cut of Buddha / The Vancouver Eloquence” (chapbook, Mother Tongue Media) poet-publisher
1999   “Throwing Skin – South America Poems” (chapbook, Mother Tongue Media) poet-publisher
1997   “Word Class Animal” (chapbook, Mother Tongue Media) poet-publisher
1997   KOLA - A Black Literary Magazine (Vol 9 #2 Spring 1997)
              ed. Anthony Joyette (Black Writer's Guild) Quebec Canada
featured poet
1997   “La Vache Enragée Anthologie 1996-97” Mitsiko Miller Ed. (Revue Stop, Canada) featured poet
1996   “Blood In, Blood Out-A Universal Preparation”(chapbook, Mother Tongue Media) poet-publisher

ARTS PRODUCTIONS
2017  “The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program” 2-week arts residency (Banff AB) program director IN PROGRESS
2016  "ZENSHIP TOUR" 5-week solo tour of Australia & Indonesia producer
2015  "ANU BANFF" group performance (Margaret Greenham Theatre, The Banff Centre Banff AB) director
2015 
“The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program” 2-week arts residency (Banff AB) program director
2014   “The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program” 2-week arts residency (Banff AB) program director
2014  
“Sema Space | Espace Sema” monthly whirling meditation sessions (Montreal QC) producer
2013   “The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program” 2-week arts residency (Banff AB) program director
2012   “Language for Gods CD Launch” concert (Calabash, Vancouver BC) artist-producer
2012   “ANU 10” group performance (Roundhouse Performance Center, Vancouver BC) director-producer
2011   “ANU 9” group performance (Roundhouse Performance Center, Vancouver BC) director-producer
2010   “ANU 8” group performance (Roundhouse Performance Center, Vancouver BC) director-producer
2009   “Sema” group performance (Roundhouse Performance Center, Vancouver BC) artist-producer
2008   “The Memorists CD Launch” concert (Bump n Grind, Vancouver BC) artist-producer
2004   “Invisible World CD Launch” concert (Café Montmartre, Vancouver BC) artist-producer
2004   “Under the Griot Tree” festival (Roundhouse Performance Center, Vancouver BC) artist-producer
2001   “Trans-Metaphoria - Black Poetics” (Sonar, Vancouver BC) artist-co-producer
2001   “Conscious Development” spoken word & live music (Blarney Stone Vancouver BC) co-producer
2000-1  “Tales of Ordinary Madness” weekly spoken word (Bukowski’s Vancouver BC) producer
1996-7  “Clicking Tongues” monthly spoken word (Ethnic Origins Bookstore Montreal QC) producer


AFFILIATIONS
ANU LIVE ARTS
ARC Poetry Magazine
The Banff Centre (Program Director, Faculty)
Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Review of Literature in Performance (www.litlive.ca) - Editorial Board
Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec CALQ
Culture in Schools Program / Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation (Quebec government initiative)
Ensemble Kamaan (Music)
Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Quebec
ibopyoubopwebop Productions (Film production)
International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC)
League of Canadian Poets (LCP) - Full Member / Spoken Word Committee
Mercan Dede (Music)
Niyaz (Music)
Quebec Writer's Federation (QWF)

Regard Persan (Music)

Rumi Canada
Sema Space  |  Espace Sema
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Vancouver Rumi Society
Writers in the Community (WIC)




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