The walk through Little Italy in Montréal featured Rachel McCrum, Jonathan Lamy and Moe Clark. They discussed Montréal’s cultural diversity, and reflected on the idea that this lively city can be a place of coexistence, in which tension and reconciliation can be felt and experienced at the same time.
“It was interesting to be part of a discussion – poets are often asked to read their texts, but rarely to discuss their creative process – and to take time to think about my relation to the city where I live.”
- Jonathan Lamy, Québec poet, performer and critic
Rachel McCrum has worked as a poet, performer and promoter in Edinburgh since 2012, arriving via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She was Broad of Rally & Broad, organisers of a popular Edinburgh-based 'poetry cabaret', winner of the 2012 Callum Mcdonald Award and the 2015 Writer In Residence for CoastWord, Dunbar. She has performed and taught workshops in poetry and performance in Greece, South Africa, Haiti and around the UK. Her second pamphlet Do Not Alight Here Again was published in March 2015 by Stewed Rhubarb Press, and in August 2015, she wrote and performed her first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, as part of new spoken word collective SHIFT/. She was the inaugural BBC Scotland Poet In Residence in 2015. She is included in the e-book anthology of Poetry Ambassadors for National Poetry Day 2016, published by Macmillan. In 2017, Freight published her first full-length collection The First Blast to Awaken Degenerate Women.
Jonathan Lamy is a multidisciplinary poet and performer. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Quebec at Montreal. He has published three collections of poetry at Editions du Noroit, including La vie sauve (prix Émile-Nelligan 2016), as well as many articles about poetry by Quebecois and First Nations writers. Some of his poems have been translated into English and Chinese. His practice as a poet-performer combines participative reading, sound poetry, poetry-action, intervention in public spaces, and video. He read and performed in Quebec, France, China, Haiti, Scotland and Senegal. He recently set up La poésie partout (Poetry Everywhere), an organization who promote and disseminate poetry.
Moe Clark is a multidisciplinary Métis artist, working as an artistic producer, community arts educator, performed, and public speaker. 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. 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. Taking her as far north as Iqaluit to offer intergenerational storytelling exchanges and as far south as Brazil to collaborate inter-culturally with the Tembe people, her approach to group facilitation aims to build bridges through empathetic listening and sharing. 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” (September 2014) builds off this success to bring elaborated musicality. As public speaker Moe is a sought-after presenter with feature talks at TedXMontreal (May 2012) and a commissioned performance for the Canadian Olympic Team at the Olympic Summer Games in London, U.K. (July 2012).