Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet. A former member of two Vancouver Poetry Slam teams (2009/2010), and one Victoria Poetry Slam team (2013), MacRae has been a three-time regional champion (Vancouver grand slam, 2010; Vancouver indy slam, 2013/2016) and a national underground champion (CFSW 2011). In 2013, he was named Poet of Honour for the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Since 2010, MacRae has offered hundreds of performances at slams and readings, as well as poetry, music, and theatre festivals across Canada and the United States, both solo and as a member of psychedelic talk rock duo, 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac.
Rob Budde teaches creative writing at UNBC in Prince George. He has published eight books (poetry, novels, interviews, and short fiction)â€”most recently declining america and Dreamland Theatre. The manuscripts he is working are Testes (poetry addressing masculinity) and Panax (a study of Devilâ€™s Club).
Jaz is an anti-professional, working as a slam poet, street musician, visual artist with a focus on decolonization and indigenous autonomy. They are a defender of the sacred and use their craft as a tool to decolonization and land sovereignty. they and their fire are from the Secwepemc nation of the south central interior.
Ann Walsh is a long time Cariboo resident and author of books about Canadaâ€™s history for young readers (Moses, Me and Murder!, Your Time, My Time and others.) She has recently begun performing her spoken word poetry and participating in storytelling events.