Wordfest acknowledges the support of the following public organizations

Thank you to our founding partne

Kudos to the following private funders

Festival Bookseller

Festival Hotel

Libations Bar Sponsor

Venue Partner

Publisher Sponsor

Ticketing Partner

Special Sauce Partners

Neighbourhood Discount Partners

Wordfest is thrilled to be able to partner with incredible Calgary businesses in Victoria Park and the Beltline to offer festival pass and ticket holders a special experience at our fall Imaginairium festival. Check out our 2023 partners here.

 Publishers in the Spotlight

Biblioasis • Coach House Books • Doubleday Canada • Drawn & Quarterly • ECW Press • Europa Editions • Freehand Books • Goose Lane Editions • Hamish Hamilton • HarperCollins Canada • Harper Alley • Harper Avenue • Harper Perennial • Henry Holt and Co. • House of Anansi Press • Invisible Publishing • Knopf Canada • McClelland & Stewart • Penguin Canada • Penguin Random House Canada • Publishers Group Canada Books • Publications Zinc • Raincoast Books • Rocky Mountain Books • Saga Press • Simon & Schuster Canada • St. Martin’s Press • Taddle Creek • Tundra Books • Thistledown Press • University of Alberta Press • University of Calgary Press • Viking

Media & Print Partners

Wordfest Board

Jennifer Keene, Chair
Janet Hutchinson, Vice Chair
John Richardson, Secretary / Treasurer
Gillian Lawrence, Board Member

Wordfest Team

Shelley Youngblut, CEO & Creative Ringleader
Everett Wilson, Senior Director, Operations & Development
Chelsea Rule, Director, Community Engagement
Rita Sirignano, Programming Associate & Youth Program Director
Ryan Bartlett, Director, Marketing & Communications
Calum Maunier, Technical Director
Corrine Lung, Box Office & Front of House Associate
Bahareh ZabihiAali, Video Production Associate
Blake Cochlan, Design Associate
Paula Turcotte, Programming Assistant
Sophia Schiefler, Programming Intern
Alex Kingcott, Media & Social Engagement Director
Justine Hesch, Media & Social Engagement
Saba Faw, Media & Social Engagement
David Kostibe, Lead Photographer
Ian Scott, Mr. Everything

Festival Support

Chloe Diochnos (Tech) • Christian Daly (Tech) • Clare Seelman • Eden Middleton (Tech) • Jaclyn Adomeit (Tech) • Katriona Dunn (Tech) • Sabrena Shah Baigzada (Tech) • Erica Guan (Author Illustrations) • Barry Bortnick (Transportation) • Stephen Hansen (Transportation) • Maureen Hodgan (Artist Liaison) • Debbie McNaughton (Artist Liaison) • Lindsay Allison (Front of House) • Kyle Riva (Photographer) • Heather Saitz (Photographer) • Gergo Koroknay (Videographer)