Poet Oni Joseph - the Haitian Sensation:
Oni the Haitian Sensation is a brilliant Internationally recognized Canadian Poet born in Montreal, Canada. She is styled as The Godmother of Canadian Slam, and has performed her works globally, such as at the Austin International Poetry Festival, which is the largest poetry festival in the world. She created the first
Wax and Stylus for the Library of Parliament of Canada, where she was recruited by a Commonwealth literary scout who recommended her to the Queensland
Poetry Festival in Australia in 2005.
She predicted and then met World Icon, Nelson Mandela. Her family hails from Jeremie, Haiti, the City of Poets in the Cacique of Xaragua, birthplace of
Haiti's fierce poetic Queen, Anacaona. Jeremie is the birthplace of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.(Dumas was the General-in-Chief of the French Army of the Alps.
Dumas's strategic victory in opening the high Alps passes enabled the French to initiate their Second Italian Campaign against the Austrian Empire.)
Oni was the first Canadian female slam poet to tour Europe,
and directed Canada's first Slam Poetry Festival, the Canadian Spoken Wordlympics.
Her ground-breaking HIV-AIDS slam poetry workshops were featured in Macleans Magazine. Her book Ghettostocracy was a book of the year in the Globe and Mail. It is used as curriculum to teach the Master's and PHD English and African Canadian Studies in Canada.
Poet Oni was the first Slam poet to curate Slam poetry at The Ottawa International Writers Festival, became Canada's first Slam Poetry Academic via the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Education and from the Stratford Theatre Festival, at York University in 2006 she was part of the first Etats Generaux du Slam in France.
Today, Poet Oni fosters Diversity, Equity and Inclusion conversations with Leaders and organizations ready to focus on employee engagement, fair human rights practices and create culturally inclusive work cultures. Reach out to Poet Oni for a refreshing way to bring impact with fun and poetry in your workplace:
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