Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) Mahlikah Awe:ri is a (Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi’kmaw) drum talk poetic rapologist; poet, musician, hip-hop MC, arts educator, radio host, curator, Deputy Executive Director for the TD Centre of Learning Regent Park, and founding member of Red Slam Collective, an Indigenous hip hop movement nominated for the TD Diversity Award in 2013. Awe:ri a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award nominee released the spoken spokenword EP Serpent’s Skin in 2011, and is currently published in 5 literary anthologies. Mahlikah Awe:ri is an indigenous arts educator for the Ontario Arts Council; The Aboriginal Education Centre, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Recent projects include: The Symposium of the Americas on Cultural Based Innovation at the Banff Cultural Centre in Alberta; Panelist and Facilitator for the First Annual Naked Heart LGBTQ Festival of Words; Presenter Emergence Symposium | Arts & Equity : Leading Social Change; Workshop Facilitator and Performer for the First Nations Metis Inuit Storytelling and Poetry Symposium in Windsor, Ontario. Recent performing arts accomplishments for 2016 include: Long Dragon House Artist Residency ~Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard at the AGO; UNITY Festival Curator for the Graffiti~Visual Arts Gallery and Headline Performer; Emcee for the 4th Annual Indigenous Arts Festival at Indigenous HipHop Showcase featuring Drezus and Supaman at Fort York; Intent City performer and artistic director, Summer Works 2016.