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International Festival of Authors (IFOA)
Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 21 Nobel Laureates. IFOA's season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 22–November 1, 2015), its provincial touring programme IFOA Ontario, and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 12–13, 2015).
Jessica Care Moore
Jessica Care Moore is a poet, producer, activist, playwright and actor, rock star interdisciplinary artist, and CEO of Moore Black Press. She is a five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner; has been featured on hip-hop mega-star, Nas' Nastradamus album and was a returning star on Russell Simmon's HBO Series, Def Poetry Jam.
Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula
Born in Nigeria, and raised on three different continents, Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has been a spoken word performance poet for five years, get his start locally in the Ottawa Poetry Slam scene in 2007. His work focuses on an array of diverse topics and subject matters from historical biographies to social justice issues, utilizing performance to get into the crux of an ever-changing set of circumstances in order to challenge audiences to engage with a vast spectrum of emotions. He has won numerous accolades for his work and has performed all over Canada, the United States and in Europe. As a member of the four member spoken word troupe, The Recipe, Ikenna has been able to further develop his craft and enhance his passion for performance poetry, and as an avid writer he has self-published four poetry chapbooks, Until, September and If Prayers Were Answered I and II. He has a passion for community organizing and events and is currently working on his first full anthology of poetry and a creative work of fiction, entitled Quietus.