Oh, to be young again!
For a true throwback post, in this video you can revel in the skinny-faced glory of myself, 4 members of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team of 2007, and the inimitatable Shane Koyczan.
The 2007 TPS Team were: Amanda Hiebert, Krystle Mullin, Mike Smith and Arianna Pozzuolli.
We were interviewed by Ian Ferrier, a Montreal poet and producer, who was chatting with features invited to the Words Aloud Festival in Durham, Ontario. It was, and still is, a wonderful and mentally nourishing festival on all things poetry, fiction and spoken word, and I only have fond memories of our time invited to perform and workshop in Durham.
Watching this video today reminds me of two main things: first, how close I've kept these friendship I fostered that year, particularly Shane who lives hundreds of miles away but when we hang, it's like he's a brotha from another motha. And two, how close everyone was on the slam team. And that doesn't always happen, looking across the country. And that is something that shouldn't be taken for granted. Everyone simply gelled, and it came through in the poetry produced on stage.
So for 6 minutes in nostalgic heaven, here are our ramblings during this cozy interview in 200y:
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