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WE SPEAK Festival featuring Shane Koyczan


ECA's annual WE SPEAK Festival is a celebration of spoken word poetry and storytelling integrating critically-acclaimed artists alongside talented local youth. Developed in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WE SPEAK provides a platform for artists to respond to issues that impact themselves, their communities, and the world -- including social justice movements, racial equity, the global health crisis, and experiences of disability, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities. ECA’s 2023 WE SPEAK Festival features internationally-acclaimed author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them, in their own voice.

Sponsored by Maria Montalvo & Strom Peterson