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Moe Clark

Canada

Moe Clark is an artist, poet, and activist. As artistic producer she has collaborated on numerous projects. In 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal, the first bilingual edition of the six-day national slam festival, which highlighted Indigenous languages and the art of poetic translation. Other collaborations include Bird Messengers theatre performance with Émilie Monnet, It Is Only Sound that Remains sound theatre with Shahrzad Arshadi, Tschakâpesh puppet street theatre at Place des Arts with Presence Autochtone.

As community arts educator Moe facilitates writing, spoken word performance and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with Aboriginal youth with a basis for de-habitualizing speech and deepening personal and collective expression. In 2010 she was chosen as Leonard Cohen Poet in Residence (Westmount High School, 2010) and has since worked with the Quebec Writers’ Federation Writers in the Community program. Moe draws from traditions of the talking circle, employing the microphone as a talking stick to engage youth through technology. She also facilitates professional-level workshops.

As performer, Moe’s work spans international borders and creative disciplines. Following the success of her debut album “Circle of She: Story & Song” (2008) she toured national and international stages. Her second album “Within” (2014) builds off this success to bring elaborated musicality. Highlight feature performances include Maelström ReÉvolution Poétique Fiéstival in Belgium (2013 & 2009), IDEA World Congress: Art for Social Change in Brazil (2010), Aboriginal Music Week (2012), Makusham APTN Series (2011), she performed as “Poet of Honour” for the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her 2009 video poem “Intersecting Circles” is now part of the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre.

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