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Writer's Forum Showcase

Celebrating our literary artists


February 7, 2024


7:00PM - 9:30PM


524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

Live readings, and presentations of poems and short stories.

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“For the Love of Our Words” is a celebratory showcase to congratulate the Writer’s Forum participants on their hardwork and dedication during the Writer’s Forum Program. Featuring live readings and performances of poetry, and short stories by Gerald Eze, Sherine Kerr-Stewart, Siki Soberetonari, Akilah Walcott and Roxy Menzies

Gerald Eze

A first-generation immigrant from Nigeria with a scientific educational background who enjoys the art of writing short-stories including poetry and has a passion for storytelling

Sherine Kerr-Stewart

Sherine Kerr-Stewart is a writing and communications professional with over 20 years of writing experience. She has a solid history of proposal writing, content development, and copy editing for several industries (accounting, legal, engineering, construction, and edtech). Sherine has previously contributed to the Toronto- based magazine, Urbanology and other online lifestyle blogs. She holds a degree from York University in English Literature and a post-graduate in PR and Corporate Communications.Sherine is looking to expand on her creative writing with a focus on fiction, creative nonfiction, short stories, essays, and screenwriting.

Siki Soberetonari

Siki Soberetonari is a writer and farmer living and working in Toronto. She earned a Bachelorsin Kinesiology and Health science from York University and since then, has worked in Non profit organizations providing education support in her community, at a shelter for survivors of gender based violence, a facilitator for a policy fellowship and as an intern at a local radio station.

Her writing has been published in Pitch Black Magazine and most recently, YouthOrganize anthology. She is passionate about storytelling, food justice and community development.

Siki is currently writing and working part time as a Research coordinator for a Toronto University.

Roxy Menzies

Roxy has shifted from performer and choreographer to dance educator to a teacher supporting artists through somatic practices and, most recently, to a writer. It has been a natural progression that continues to draw on and from each other, deeply rooted in storytelling and predominantly related to forms within the African diaspora.Roxy has taught dance and various movement modalities for the Canadian educational system, professional dancers, Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project, Cirque du Soleil, and multiple corporations.

Her essays have been published in The Dance Current, The Guide Istanbul, Pilates Anytime, Healthline, and Black Girl Pilates.

Akilah Walcott

Akilah Walcott is a Guyanese woman, writer, and artist with a passion for storytelling. Her artistic spirit blossomed as she folded herself between the pages of creative writing as a child. In the softness of adolescence, she also discovered a deep appreciation for music. Language and music became a meeting place.

Akilah was the volume lead and editor of two collaborative novels: The Door of Return Series, which explores African and Caribbean mythology. She has penned essays surrounding topics of identity, creativity, and healing. She continues her storytelling through music, drawing from influences of contemporary R&B and sound healing, and is proud to have the art of creation in all aspects of her life.

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