So You Think You Can Slam?

Growing Room presents the festival’s first ever Poetry Slam! Showcasing some of the most sharp-tongued and quick-lipped writers, poets, and performers in the game! Forget what you thought Poetry Slam was all about! The theme for this slam is Tender and the competitors are vying for the title of being the first ever Growing Room Slam Champion. This two-round slam will feature LJ Weisberg, Rabbit Richards, Estíqw, bassam, David Ly, Molly Billows, Valeen Jules. Hosted by jaye simpson.

Event Type: Reading
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


bassam is the current National Director of Spoken Word Canada, a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and have toured Turtle Island performing spoken word.

Estíqw is an anti-professional, working as a musician, slam poet and 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.

Jo Billows is swift waters, secrets and salal berries. Northern Coast Salish (Homalco), they are a queer, trans nonbinary, urban Indigenous, spoken word poet and facilitator.


Valeen Jules is a radio producer, youth outreach worker, spoken word artist, community organizer and full-spectrum doula from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw nations.

David Ly is the author of the chapbook Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press, 2018) and the poetry collection Mythical Man (Anstruther Books, 2020).


Rabbit Richards is relentlessly compassionate with fierce integrity. Their francophone cat is named Cat.


LJ Weisberg is a published author and spoken word poet living in Vancouver, BC. They currently attend Kwantlen Polytechnic University for Creative Writing.


jaye simpson is an oji-cree two spirit trans femme writer, artist and performer. they are the great grandchild of the savages and witches the catholic church couldn’t burn.


Thank you to our partner for this event