Thank You

Wordfest holds a special place in my literary heart. I have been fortunate to have been invited there several times and each occasion it is like catching up with old friends.  I admire the level of efficient programming, the helpful and knowledgeable volunteers and even more so, the rabid word fans that show up at each reading. More importantly, the aboriginal voice is not only welcomed there, but encouraged.  There doesn’t seem to be a point in publishing a book if you don’t get to go to Wordfest. — Drew Hayden-Taylor

Festival Staff & Helpers


Deborah Bartlett, Chair
Michelle Clarke, Vice Chair
Lori Egger, Director
Alison Gray, Director
Sara Guina, Treasurer
Erika Ho, Director
Andrew MacPherson, Director
Barry Morrissette, Director
Stephen Shawcross, Director
Shawna Stirrett, Director


Shelley Youngblut
General Director

Sandra Paire
Youth Program Manager
Festival des mots Manager

Cassandra Paul
Operations Manager

Everett Wilson
Communications Manager

Bruce Evans
Production Manager

Julio C. Agudelo
Yolanda Hernandez

Jocelyn Hebert
Resource Development Associate

Ashley Promislow
Youth Program Assistant

Brittney Bear Hat
Programing Assistant

Celina Vides
Volunteer Manager

Mary Peet
Database Guru

Melanie Hayes
Design Intern

John Richardson
Youth & Cultural Connections Coordinator

Spencer Wishart
Marketing Intern

Cam Christiansen

Festival Photographers:
Carlos Bulk
Radim Rybacek
Lucia Juliao

White Noise Talks
Advisory Committee:

Andrew Guilbert
Erika Ho
Sandeep Kaur
Parisa Radmanesh
Sarah Taekema
Ulrike Thomas
Trevor Wilde

Individual Donors

Diane Altwasser
Kathy Arney 
Pamela Banting        
Deborah Bartlett      
Alison Buie    
Yvonne & Ken Chenier
Michelle Clarke
Ramona Deer
Lori Egger     
Sandra Ens   
Rosemarie Enslin
Jacqueline Fern Willis
Liz & Tony Fricke
Bev Frizzell    
Alison Gray    
Sarah Guina  
Erika Ho        
Michael Lang
Gillian Lawrence
Andrew MacPherson           
Margaret Main
Gerardo Marquez
Barry Morissette      
Hilary Munro
Mary Peet     
Shelia O’Brien & Kevin
Barry & Gail Pollock
R. Mahood     
Gwendolyn Richards
Jeannette Richter     
Bailey Rivard
Alison Rose    
Helen Ross    
Elaine Russell           
Ron & Elizabeth Salahor
David Severson        
Stephen Shawcross  
Joanna Stalinski        
Jo Steffens     
Shawna Stirrett        
Carl Svoboda
Judy Synder  
Aritha Van Herk       
Everett Wilson
Robert & Glenda Wilson
Jennifer Willans       
Shelley Youngblut

We thank the following individuals and organizations for their invaluable support:

Amanda Peters
Ann Connors
Anne Green
Anne Logan
Angie Gelinas
Arts Commons
Canadian Scrapbooker
Cam Christiansen
Candace Bergman
& Production Society
Danae Thompson
David Taylor
Heather John
Gwen Murray
Jay MacGillivray
Jen Jamer
Johnny Dunn
Josh Dalledonne
Keli Pollock
Kerry Longpre
Lachlin McKinnon
Laura Castle
Lauren Rooney
Lyndsay Thorlacius
Making Treaty 7
Marca Strategy
Mel Woytiuk
Michelle Lennox
Peter Moller
Pollock Parke
Prospector Executive Search & Consulting
Stang Photography
Tara Sukut

Community Partners

Alberta Association of Magazine Publishers
Alberta College of Art & Design
Alberta Theatre Projects
Alliance française de Calgary
Arts Commons
Australia Council for the Arts
Calaway Park
Calgary Cinematheque
Calgary Association of Freelance Editors
Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Calgary Public Library
Calgary Reads
Calgary Underground Film Festival
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Ca’Puccini Cafe
carte blanche
Clever Canines
Consulat général de France à Toron
Downstage Theatre
Enterprise Rent A Car
EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts
Freefall Magazine
Glenbow Museum
Heritage Park
Instituto di Cultura in Toronto
La Cité des Rocheuses
Le Germain Hotel Calgary
The Light Cellar
Literary Death Match
Loft 112
Loose Moose Theatre
Mount Royal University
National Music Centre
One Yellow Rabbit
Owl’s Nest Books
Pages Books on Kensington
Panago Pizza
Patagonia Calgary
Pizza 73
Pawsitively Natural Pet Food & Supplies
Royal Canadian Legion #1
Ryeberg Curated Video
Safeway Calgary
Sheep River Library
Shelf Life Books
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
Theatre Calgary
United Nations Association in Canada
University of Calgary
University of Calgary Bookstore
U of C Dinos
Vancouver Writers Festival


Allen Lane Canada
Arsenal Pulp Press
Boreal (French Division)
Brick Books
Chronicle Books
Coach House Books
Conundrum Press
Cormorant Books
Double Day
Douglas & McIntyre
ECW Press
Edition Solitude
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux
Freehand Books
Frontenac House
Gallery Books
Gallimard Jeunesse
Grand Central Publishing
Greystone Books
Groundwood Books
Hamish Hamilton
Harbour Publishing
Harper Collins
Highwater Press
Hodder & Stoughton
House of Anansi
House of Blue Skies
Kids Can Press
Knopf Canada
Koyama Press
Les Figues Press
Little, Brown and Company
Margaret K. McElderry Books
McClelland & Stewart
Michel Quintin
Nightwood Editions
Orca Book Publishers
Pedlar Press
Penguin Random House
Portage & Main
Simon & Schuster
St. Martin’s Press
Talon Books
Tinder Press
Tundra Books
Victoria University Press, NZ

And thank you to our amazing volunteers