Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: North-East Corner of Victoria Park, Regina
John Loeppky is an artist, athlete, and advocate. John is the associate artistic director of Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of the Carillon. He enjoys filling his life with all manner of things that make his schedule an utter enjoyable, yet complete mess. His goal in life is to have an obituary to read.
Veracity grew up in Ottawa, carries a bit of Scotland in her pockets, and has learned to love her Regina. She got into slam poetry because she likes to make friends with things that scare her, like skydiving, improv and eye contact. Veracity won the 2016 Saskatchewan Festival of Words Slam, represented Regina nationally on 2 CFSW teams, has been published in Oratorealis and was a member of the first annual Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival ensemble (2017). When not writing odes to people, politics or pizza pops, Veracity also helps organize Regina Word Up spoken word events and performs at fundraisers for things she cares about, like mental health awareness and support for queer youth. Veracity will never have the last word because she is always trying to find a better one.
Liberty Skye is a mom of four currently working on her Masters in Women and Gender Studies, researching the narratives of Indigenous Mothers. She has been a part of Regina’s spoken word community for over a year now. This style is relatively new to her and she loves it because of its authenticity and rawness. Coming from a long line of storytellers, writing has been a lifelong passion. She typically writes about challenging the status quo, and moving towards a new world order where equality and safety for all is realized. A self-described “soft-spoken” slam poet, she loves to create pieces that uplift and empower herself, and hopefully others too. A natural introvert who battles stage fright, spoken word pushes her boundaries in many positive ways. It is where she found her voice.
Time: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Community Stage, Saskatoon
Kate O’Gorman began writing fiction in early 2017. An alumna of the Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Mentorship Program, Kate is an early morning riser and a day-dream believer. When she isn’t writing, she’s likely to be found sitting on her patio, talking to her flowers and sipping on a G&T – though not necessarily in that order. Kate lives in Saskatoon with her husband and step-daughter.
Danica Lorer's name rests in the word explorer. She lives in Saskatchewan, where she finds adventure and inspiration in fields, forests, riverbanks, cities, small towns, and libraries. Danica has spent the past twenty years as a professional storyteller. Her favourite audience members and workshop participants have been from 0-103 years old. Danica believes in the power of the story and the importance of listening and telling. She is a freelance writer, face and body painter, poet, and the host of Shaw TV Saskatoon's literary arts program 'Lit Happens'. She has been published in untethered, TiP’s Poetry All Over the Floor, Grain, and Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland.