All are welcome and no experience is required.
From the Hearth met at KILN in November. Here Mandy shows seeds from a bur and discusses its value as a primary food source for chickadees. Photo: Garrett Elliott
From the Hearth is an in-person poetry and spoken word workshop series that expands our circles of care to embrace the journeys, stories and connections we share as humans. We guide both new and experienced poets through the art of storytelling and finding an individual voice that celebrates collective memory and belonging. We discuss why our stories are important, do exercises in expression and inspiration and think about community and collaboration. This series is facilitated by Billie the Kid who is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller in collaboration with Mandy Wilson, Community Connection Coordinator at the Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest (KILN), 610 Montreal Street, Kingston.
All are welcome and no experience is required. Participants can register for individual workshops, or join the full series.
Portrait of Billie the Kid
Portrait of Mandy Wilson
Billie the Kid is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she now resides in Kingston, Ontario, the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Huron-Wendat. Billie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and has performed at events across Turtle Island from CUPSI to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her poetry breathes life into narratives as she explores relationships with family, friends, food, and the dynamic nature of dreams.
Mandy Wilson is the Community Connection Coordinator at the Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest. She is a woman of mixed ancestry that includes, Indigenous, African and Orosh decent. She grew up in the small town of Sharbot Lake, located on unceeded Algonquin territory. She now lives in Kingston where her work is fueled by her passion for language revitalization and her love for our plant relatives.