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Conference 2019 Social


November 16, 2019 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Featuring spoken word artists Dwennimmen and Knowmadic

Join us for conversation and snacks (cash bar) and be inspired by two of Edmonton’s finest spoken word artists.

Dewey’s is on the campus of the University of Alberta not far from the ETLC. Please follow the crowd to the venue.

Dwennimmen (Shima Aisha Robinson) is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton)-born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every literary and scholarly effort, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection.

Multi-award-winning Poet Laureate Ahmed Ali, better known as Knowmadic, is a community organizer, public speaker, actor, musician, comedian and youth worker who has dedicated his time to empowering communities around the world. He is passionate about the arts and education. Most importantly, he emphasizes the importance of equitable representation on all levels of government.