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Dane Swan

Photo: Ed Bil 2015

Dane Swan is a past Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto, and has been short listed for the Monica Ladell Award (Scarborough Arts). His first book, “Bending the Continuum,” (Guernica Editions, 2011) was a mid-summer recommended read from Open Book Toronto. Dane's second book, “A Mingus Lullaby,” (Guernica Editions) was a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

He is also an accomplished slam poet and touring spoken-word performer, placing second at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, third at the Rust Belt Regional Slam and touring the US Midwest and West Coast regions. He has graced numerous festival stages, including: Hillside, Lab Cab, Parkdale Arts, Junction Arts, and Pitter Patter festivals. For four years Dane and Dan D'Onorio hosted Toronto's $100 Slam series.

Mr. Swan's poetry has been taught in schools and has been published in France, the UK, Bahamas, and Canada. His spoken-word work can be found in solo projects and collaborations available on CD, vinyl and MP3. He has read alongside numerous literary luminaries including Goran Sumic, Priscila Uppal, Giana Patriarca, and spoken-word stars including Shayne Koyczan, Dwayne Morgan, and Lillian Allen.

Dane's last 2 books have been works of short fiction. His short story collection, He Doesn't Hurt People Anymore (Dumagrad Books) was launched in 2017. His novella Tuesday (Grey Borders Books) launched a few months later in the Spring of 2018.

The Bermuda born, Jamaican heritage writer is currently a member of the Writers Union of Canada and Poetry in Voice. 

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Bending the Continuum. Guernica Editions, 2011
A Mingus Lullaby. Guernica Editions, 2016
He Doesn't Hurt People Anymore. Dumagrad Books, 2017
Tuesday. Grey Borders Books, 201


Trillium Book Award for Poetry (finalist) for A Mingus Lullaby, Guernica Editions, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

It's exciting to finally have an opportunity to be a part of the WITS program. In the past, I've collaborated with a Peel Region educator on various workshops for organizations including: A workshop for ESL students, and a workshop for at risk and new immigrant students. Despite that, I've never put on a workshop inside a school.

Ideally, I would like to work with a teacher, or teachers to craft a workshop that fits their particular classroom. Education is not a, "one size fits all" process -- I understand that. I've read the Ontario curriculum up to grade 8, and I am willing to read the curriculum for your grade. What parts of the curriculum do you need me for? How long do you want my presentation/workshop? Will you need me for multiple visits?

As a former slam poet, I can perform various genres of spoken-word, or, as an established page poet I can promote the literary side of the art. I'm also interested in creating debate on social issues through poetry. 

Finally, as an immigrant of color, who is still young enough to have a grasp of current trends, I can show kids that it's cool to write.

Presentation Length:
1-4 hrs
Poetry/Spoken Word Poetry
Audience size:
Prefer classrooms, but flexible
Workshop Description:

As an educator, what do you need? I'm extremely flexible.

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GST not applicable