Desiree McKenzie (b Canada) is an award-winning poet who has touched many stages sharing her truth. As a director of the Toronto BAM! Youth Slam and the 2019 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Champion with Up from the Roots, she’s looking for growth by way of the stage. She has represented Toronto Poetry Slam at the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, Texas placing in the top 40 of 100 poets and was ranked among the top three poets in Canada at the 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.
Her poetry has also been featured as part of CBC’s Poetic License series and The Bentway's 'Safe in Public Spaces' campaign. Along with her performance experience, she helps facilitate a range of community programming for organizations like Unity Charity, JAYU, and Poetry in Voice. In 2020, she was awarded the JAYU iAM Arts for Human Rights Award recognizing creatives doing exceptional work where the arts and human rights intersect.
It is her ultimate goal to share her poetry with the world, inspire, and be inspired by all the stories that surround us.