Eddie Lartey is dedicated and equally in love with poetic performance, community building, and bringing spoken word into young minds, where it grows the best. Eddie graduated from McMaster in 2015 from Labour Studies. He is the 2013 and 2015 Grand Slam Champion of Hamilton Youth Poets, has presented work across the province and has represented the city of Hamilton at YouthCanSlam, The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and Young Chicago Authors International Grudge Match. As a graduate of McMasters Labour Studies and the Hamilton Youth Poets mentorship program, Lartey has assumed a leadership role within Hamilton for the past three years. Lartey has facilitated workshops within schools, mental health facilities, seniors centers, and with members of the community. This year Eddie won the John Holland Award for Community Service and Emerging Community Arts and Education Award from the city of Hamilton. He remains dedicated to the idea that poets should always be seeking to grow the next generation, making their own voices part of a rising symphonic crescendo of true community.
AK is a Nigerian born poet/rapper living in Vaughan, Ontario. When he isn’t studying Economics at McMaster University, he’s dedicating his time to creating music and improving his writing as a whole. As a member of the HYP Youth team, AK was able to compete in the Voices of Today festival during the summer of 2017 where HYP was able to take home the first place trophy. He prides himself on using his command of the English language to spread messages supporting individuality and chasing your dreams through both his poetry and his music.
RY DE DIGGS
Ry is a poet from the spice isle of Grenada. When he’s not in the engineering torture chamber at McMaster University, he’s composing soca beats to couple with poems and songs that he has written. While attending high school in the Caribbean, he received a regional award for English language and placed second in the nation alongside fellow members of the HYP team in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2018.
Tanya “Tee” Pineda is an emerging Spoken Word poet from Hamilton, Ontario. With a passion for engaging community work and a love for creative writing. Tee has been exploring their identity and the world around them through their writing. Since joining the Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) in 2017, Tanya has competed at the youth Spoken Word festival Voices of Today 2017 with the HYP. In 2018 Tee helped Dr. Lillian Allen set up an online Creative Writing class for writers in Belize. While helping the class they also got to contribute pieces to the anthology “This is how we keep breathing”. Ending off the project by travelling to Belize and celebrating the launch with the other participants. Last year they also competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2018 and came in second place in all of Canada. Tanya became a teaching artist through the Hamilton Youth Poets and helped coached middle school teams for the 2017 Louder Than a Bomb Canada festival. Tee is now coaching both high school and middles school teams for the 2019 Louder Than Bomb Canada festival. In the future Tee is hoping to continue to study Creative Writing at the Ontario College of Art and Design this coming September 2019.
DENNIS 'D'SCRIBE' SCHERLE
Dennis “D-Scribe” Scherle is a spoken word poet from Niagara Region, D-Scribe has competed nationally in festivals such as the Canadian Individual Poetry slam in both 2017 and 2018 where he made final stage. The Canadian Festival of spoken word in Guelph, Peterborough and Winnipeg where in Guelph he accompanied the HYP team to second place in the Nation. D-Scribe was a member of the Voices of Today National Champion, HYP team in 2017 and is the only two time Grand Slam Champion of Hot Damn it’s a queer slam. D-Scribe has Competed in Washington DC for Capturing Fire the International Queer Championship twice where he performed on Final Stage. He strives to use the lens of spoken word to talk about the things that matter to him and his community.