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Showcase ft Arvind Nandakumar, Evelyna Ekoko-Kay, Billie the Kid

This event is an open mic (for youth 25 and under) with performances by the following three artists:

Evelyna Ekoko-Kay is a queer, black-mixed, cop-hating poet from Hamilton Ontario. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. Her writing has been featured in Tenderness Lit, Voicemail Poems, Pinapples Against Patriarchy Zine, The Undergraduate Review, and Collective reflections

Arvind Nandakumar (they/them) is a microbiologist, computer scientist, & poet. Arvind is the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, & 2018 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational recipient of 'Best Writing as a Team.' Their work has been featured on Button Poetry, Slamfind, Write About Now, & PSI. Arvind's works focuses on their experiences as a 1.25 generation Indian-something immigrant on the autism spectrum. They are currently pursuing a B.S in Microbial Biology, with a concentration in Computational Genomics, at UC Berkeley

Billie the Kid (Billie Kearns), is a Dené spoken word poet with a BASc in Electrical Engineering. Her poetry uses storytelling and playful metaphors to explore relationships with her friends, family, culture, and good smelling food. Billie loves ice cream, allegories, dancing, robots, and dancing robots.

Originally from Yellowknife, Billie moved around a lot then ended up mostly growing up in Ottawa, where she first started going to slams in 2012. Since then she’s participated in spoken word events across Canada and in the United States. She competed with the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Team at YouthCanSlam in 2013 and in 2014, the team placing second both years. She continued to represent Ottawa for another two consecutive years, this time on the Capital Slam Team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2015 and in 2016. Billie led Queen’s University to compete in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational for the school’s first time ever in 2016, for a second time in 2017, coached the team in 2018, and competed again in 2019. Among many events, Billie has been featured in the ‘Ways We Love’ showcase at CFSW 2017 and co-featured at Voices of Today in 2018.

Thank you to our funders, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council for making Voices of Today possible.