2010 Saskatoon Slam Team
Megan Lane has been working as a musician/songwriter for the past eleven years, beginning her career at the age of twelve. Two years ago, Lane began to dabble in spoken word poetry. Taking some of the darker experiences from the road and turning them into poetry, Lane managed to place first in the 2009 Saskatoon poetry slam finals, and thus became part of Saskatoon’s first slam team, competing at the 2009 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria, BC.
Khodi Dill has been writing poetry as well as fiction for over fifteen years but only recently started performing his work, competing often at the Tonight It’s Poetry slam competitions in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His spoken word style incorporates influences from classic British and American poets, and contemporary hip-hop artists alike, often combining emotive imagery with tongue-in-cheek wordplay, rhythm, and varied rhyme schemes. He enjoys using his poems to challenge traditional ideas, promote social change, and to entertain. He is married and lives and works as a high school English teacher in Saskatoon.
Charles Hamilton is the Executive Director and Slam Master of Tonight it’s Poetry—Saskatchewan’s first and only weekly reading series and monthly poetry slam. He was the Saskatoon Team Captain at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2009, and also represented Saskatoon at the 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley, California. He started performing and recording poetry in 2006 under the name Bunnyhug, and has opened for spoken word legends Tons of Fun University. When he is not performing poetry, Charles works as a freelance journalist in Saskatoon. He has self-published one book of poetry called Eulogies.
Nicole Almond is a returning member of the Saskatoon Slam Team. She has been creating performance poetry for two years, first inspired by the spoken word band Tons of Fun University and member Shane Koyzcan. She is also an aspiring singer/songwriter who draws influence from caffeine, the beat poets, and stand-up comedians. Her favorite writers include slam poetry hero Jeffrey McDaniels, author Charles Bukowski, and folk singer Jeffrey Lewis. She prefers to write casual, yet poignant pieces about the seemingly trivial and ordinary, illuminating the little beauties in everyday life that everyone can relate to.
Elise Marcella (ALT)
Elise Marcella moved to Saskatoon from Vancouver Island in June 2009. She holds a Fine Arts degree in Writing & Film and works as the administrator at JackPine Press. Her preoccupations lie primarily in the realm of existential disambiguation but she is happy to experiment with both “slam” poetry and book-making until she is hired by a higher power or otherwise called into gainful employment.