I remember my first slam. It was in a basement art gallery with dirt floors and a smoking room in the back. Crammed into that tiny space, we yelled and cheered and screamed late into the night. Judges scored poems that brought us to incomparable places and it culminated in a reggae dance party. I attended several more before setting it aside in favour of my studies.
Years later, after my first band dissolved, I followed my heart to a writer’s open mic. I read my poetry and was encouraged to perform at the slam. My first slam piece was Under My Skin. It remains one of the most striking poems in my repertoire. I have since been on 3 teams to compete at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2014, 2015, 2018) and performed my poetry countless times across the country. Memories is a compilation of poems I have performed at slams over the years as a way of encapsulating that time. It is by no means an exhaustive digest, but a curated set of poetry and sound.
In 2015, I performed as Femme Vanir at the Hillside Music Festival. It was my first time performing an entire set of my poetry alone. I performed a poem that I had set to a beat, Love Rain, using the free website, TypeDrummer.com
, where users can type anything into a text box that attaches a sound to each letter and loops that sound. I found this added not only a musical element, but another layer of meaning as well. All of the beats in this album were formed by typing thematically linked words into that box.
Poetry has taken me to many places and brought many people into my life that I am so very grateful for. Thank you to Guelph Spoken Word and the Guelph Poetry Slam - all of you lovely poets have shaped me and without you, none of this would have happened! TruthIs…, Beth Anne …, Fannon Holland, Saleem Ansari, Eitan Gallant, and KT Job: You have been my Guelph Poetry Slam teams and family. Throw Poetry Collective team 2018, Andrew Zadel, Alexander “Shakey Legs” Tcatchuk, Bicurious George and Cézure : Thank you for reminding me why I love poetry and supporting my continued presence in the community. Shout out to Sheri D Wilson : You have guided me more than you likely know.
released September 24, 2019
Memories was recorded, composed and performed by That Nikki You Know. All tracks mastered using landr.com
Promotional photos taken by Roya Esmaeili.