An exciting collection of performances from emerging poets of colour debuted in 2022.
In Poets+, Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet and spoken word Tawahum Bige, performs alongside Nisga’a spoken word/hip hop artist Justin Percival, queer Filipinx comedian Tin Lorica, and creative facilitator Jillian Christmas. Together, they cover themes of identity, oppression, and reconciliation.
The hour-long compilation was curated by Bige. The project was recorded and filmed at Fifth Chord Studios in New Westminster and is available to view through YouTube and Earshot digital Distribution System.
Bige’s relationship with the Arts Council began in 2019, when they hosted a workshop for New Westminster’s annual literary arts festival, LitFest New West. They are a long-standing member of the poetry community and have been widely recognized for their talent as a spoken word performer and writer. In their words, Bige’s work aims to “expose growth, resistance, and persistence as a hopeless Two Spirit non-binary sadboy on occupied Turtle Island.”