Meet the SLAM! 2 Ensemble!

Rob Malo – Host

Raised in a Franco-Manitoban Métis family, Rob Malo is a spoken word poet, writer, performer, and community-builder who shares his passion for history and culture through poetry, music and storytelling. Drawing on his background as an Educational Programs Developer at the Manitoba Museum and as a Professor in the Tourism Department of l’Université de St. Boniface, Malo bridges cultural divides to generate an awareness of shared concerns and pleasures. Rob Malo was the first host of Projet Spoken Word in conjunction with l’Alliance Français du Manitoba. He was the Winnipeg 2014 Individual Slam Champion and was the happy host of SLAM! during the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He continues to contribute to the Winnipeg Poetry Slam community both on and off the stage.


Tiana Northage

Tiana Northage has been sharing her innermost feelings, for better or for worse, on Winnipeg stages since 2013. She was a part of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam’s team for the 2016 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and was a Winnipeg Fringe Festival production member of SLAM! She will soon be publishing her first chapbook, “(un)professional poet”.

Catch her bouts: July 19, 24, 26


Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a Winnipeg writer, poet, and arts educator. As a winner of titles including Winnipeg Individual Slam Champion and Winnipeg Grand Slam Champion, his honest and engaging spoken word performances have been featured on community and festival stages across the country, including The 2017 Canada Games, and The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. On the page, his fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in The Winnipeg Review, Oratorealis, CV2, Poetry is Dead, and Prairie Fire magazines. As a Manitoba Arts Council Artist in the Schools, his youth workshops build community and confidence in self-expression through spoken word. Like him on Facebook and visit him at

Catch his bouts: July 19, 22, 26


Larysa Musick

Larysa Musick is a poet, performer, illustrator, and teaching artist who has been the Artistic Director of Winnipeg Poetry Slam since 2016. Larysa has performed spoken word poetry at The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, The Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Gimli Film Festival and Sunrise Memorial hosted by Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council. A lover of many crafts, Larysa is the author maker of whimsical greeting cards, comics and a self-published project called To See and Be Seen: The Calligraphic Poetry Colouring Book.

Catch her bouts: July 19, 22, 26


Amber O’Reilly

Amber O’Reilly is a spoken word artist and poet. Born under the midnight sun in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she has lived in Winnipeg since 2013. Amber has a passion for languages and cultures, which have led her to read, write and speak French, English, Spanish and to learn Portuguese. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from Université de Saint-Boniface. Amber first started performing slam poetry in Victoria, BC, as a member of Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific’s winning team at the 2012 Victorious Voices Tournament. Since then, she has performed at Speaking Crow Open Mic, Voices Ink Youth Poetry Slam, Winnipeg Poetry Slam, Winnipeg Fringe Fest and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Amber also writes theatre reviews and articles and works in Manitoba’s media production industry.

Catch her bouts: July 21, 22, 26


Kier Mailan

Kier Mailan is a poet and spoken word artist, and a firm believer in the power of vulnerability. His work has appeared on stage at the 2017 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 2017 Winnipeg Nuit Blanche New Perspectives event, as well as in the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe production, SLAM! Kier’s writing can be found on his Instagram page @kiermailan.poetry.

Catch his bouts: July 21, 24, 27


Lady Vanessa Cardona

Lady Vanessa Caicedo Cardona is a Colombian spoken word artist, activist, story teller, theatre practitioner and photographer.  She aims to create honest, unapologetic art based on genuine life experience as a first generation immigrant woman living in Turtle Island. She started her spoken word career in Windhoek, Namibia and furthered herself in Edmonton, Treaty 6 territory.

She is a two-time member of the Edmonton slam team (2016 national semifinalist and 2017 finalist). She has written and performed her one-woman show called “Three Ladies” at the Found Festival 2017. She is also a co-creator and performer of “Whiteface.” Recently she became the 2018 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion. Lady believes in the healing powers art provides for our community. Healing is not polite, and art allows us to be the frankest versions of ourselves so that we may strengthen our souls, minds and the community around us. Art is where we come together through unity of purpose.

Catch her bouts: July 21, 24, 27


Victoria Inglis

Victoria Inglis is Dënesułįne & Nîhithaw from Reindeer Lake on Northern Turtle Island. They explore writing, visual arts, and activism through a poetic lens. Creating stories gifted to them from ancestor’s blood memory.

Catch her bouts: July 21, 22, 27


Kimmy Zee (Kim Zeglinski)

Kim Zeglinski is a mother, wife, teacher, school counsellor, spoken word artist, actor, public speaker, and writer-producer-performer. She made her Spoken Word debut in July of 2013 and fell in love with the art form during the Winnipeg Poetry Slam’s 2013-14 season. Under her production name, Kimmy Zee, she has produced four successful shows at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival: Waiting for Aidan (2006), Breast Friends (2010), Stretchmarks (2012), and her solo show, MIDDLEhood (aka Mittelschmerz, 2014-Present). MIDDLEhood is showing at Winnipeg and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals this summer. It has also performed at Edmonton Fringe, Gimli’s A-Spire Theatre, The Gas Station Arts Centre, Sarasvàti’s FemFest, and The Fundy Fringe. It has acquired 22-and-a-half-stars so far—in some cases, five at a time!

Other credits: The Bush Ladies (2008), Far Away (2010), Aloft (2013), TEDx Winnipeg (2015). For more information and for bookings, visit

 Catch her bouts: July 19, 24, 27