The consistent practice of vulnerability liberates us to our honesty, shows us the face of our fears, and summons, in their stead, our courage.
Brandon Wint (born September 13th, 1988) is a poet, spoken word artist, and prominent teacher of writing, currently living in Edmonton, Alberta. He is ,perhaps, best known for his ability to rousingly articulate the mysteries of love, romance and kindness in his poetry. He is a poet who uses the potential of writing and speaking to articulate the beauties of the world, and where possible, the silver-linings that underscore the ugliness and struggle that is inherent to the human condition. His typically soft-spoken, musical and delicately-rendered spoken word pieces have garnered attention and admiration from audience members across Canada and in far-away places like England and Australia, where his life and work have been showcased on radio and in print. He is also a founding member of highly-accomplished spoken word troupe, The Recipe. As a member of the troupe, Brandon, along with members Ian Keteku, Ikenna Onyegbula and Komi Olafimihan,has performed across Canada, including memorable sets at Vancouver Island Music Festival, House of Paint Urban Arts Festival, and Hillside community festival, among others. Beyond his professional and competitive accolades, which include two national championships in the arena of poetry slam (2009 and 2010), and publication in Canada's first comprehensive anthology of contemporary
black poetry-- The Great Black North, in 2012--- Brandon is beloved as a poet and teacher because his work presents a subtle but discernable passion. Brandon is a devoted practitioner of poetry, not just in the sense that he writes it and speaks it, but also in the sense that he realizes that poetry, like all art, is a reflection of the artist's relationship to life itself. Brandon is, therefore, a poet in his very way of living. He is a constant dreamer, a person who wishes to use poetry to bridge the gap between the known and the unknown, the human and the Divine, the beautiful and the ugly. For Brandon Wint, poetry is a means of investigating love in all of its varied forms. It is, too, a way of making the confusion and anguish of human life somehow bearable, knowable, and, at the best of times, even beautiful. Brandon`s intimate relationship to poetry is also what makes him a valuable workshop facilitator, creative confidant, and writing teacher. Since 2009, Brandon has been a trusted and sought-after arts-educator, helping people of all ages to create poetry that is sincere, concise and emotionally satisfying. He has twice delivered workshops at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, has delivered keynote speeches in collaboration with the Edmonton Poetry Festival and has once presented at a Tedx conference.
In addition to his work as an arts-educator, Brandon is devoted to bolstering creative community in his role as a curator and event-organizer. Most notably, during his time as a resident of Ottawa, he was the principal visionary behind two regularly-running creative cabarets: The Artistic Showcase and The Cookies and Tea Concert series. Both shows brought together highly devoted, highly skilled poets, musicians and multi-disciplinary artists for the sake of exposing them to the broader community. Brandon`s work as curator, organizer and master-of-ceremonies also took on a national scope, as he was an important member of the organizing committee of YouthCanSlam--Canada`s national youth poetry festival, in 2014.
Brandon Wint is the author of one collection of poetry: Love, Our Master, which was released by In/Words Magazine and Press in the spring of 2014. His EP, Devotion, was released independently in April 2015, and his first full-length album, The Long Walk Home, will greet the world in the spring of 2016.
For nearly as long as Brandon has been performing poetry on stages and in cafes, he has been teaching the art of writing poetry. Over time, his approach to teaching has grown, shifted, and refined itself according to the influences of his university education, and the teachings of admirable poets he befriended. Brandon is well known for blending an academically grounded approach to poetry, which he inherited in his several years of study as an Honours English student at Carleton University, with a spiritual-emotional approach. Brandon gives his students the ability to understand the fundamental structure of free verse poetry in a way that is coherent, accessible, and grounded in his own experience. These technical tenets are joined by a strong emphasis on authenticity, sincerity and the exploration of personal narrative. As an arts-educator, Brandon firmly believes that poetry is, ultimately, an act of telling the truth. He helps his students arrive at their personal truths and distill them into evocative, satisfying poetic verse. If you have questions about how to register for one of Brandon`s courses, or how to book him at your school, workplace, or community building event, feel free to e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authenticity and sincerity-of-voice are the primary goals of poetry. Once we learn to write from a genuine place of feeling and meaning, we open ourselves to poetry's power. We allow poetry to be a tool for self discovery and healing.
There is no poetry without sincerity.
Within the human experience, there is no way to escape narrative. Our very lives are stories. We are narratives bound in other narratives, we are the inheritor of the stories our ancestors told in the living of their lives. We are, all of us, the articulation of a story trying, always, to redeem itself, to express some manner of truth.
The ultimate goal of poetry, or perhaps any expression, is to touch truth. Truth, it seems, is only knowable by feeling, by the intuition that persists in our guts during important moments. There are areas of truth that cannot be reckoned with or reasoned into. Certain realities can only be discovered by feeling. I suppose this is why art survives. Its practitioners turn to art to master their feelings; in that mastery we hope to touch the bottom-most, truest parts of ourselves.
No one should ask you for perfection. The most we can ask for is honesty and the will to love. When these things are combined potently enough, their legacy is courage. It is the practice of courage, as much as love itself, that gives us the chance to live in dignity.