VANESSA MCGOWAN is a Toronto based Spoken Word Artist and Singer/Songwriter steeped in social justice, advocacy, counselling and workshop facilitation with 13 years experience in social services. She is one of the founders of “WordSpell” Toronto’s only on-going female spoken word series and was the 2012 Grand Champion of Toronto’s Bill Brown’s 1-2-3 Slam. Her first chapbook “Divine Cockeyed Genius” was released in October 2012. “Raw power wrapped in polished performance; Vanessa caresses your heart and knocks you in the guts. Makes you feel and makes you feel like feeling. Confrontational, comforting – a consummate poet and performer.