Jon Hedderwick (November 15-21)
Spoken word artist Jon Hedderwick develops a long-form performance based on his Bubby Sarah’s (Great Grandmother) coming to Canada. Themes of migration, intergenerational trauma and anti-Semitism. Presentation to small invited audiences. Jon also works with the JCC, delivering a virtual workshop in story shaping with members of the congregation.
Jon Hedderwick is a poet, spoken word artist, organizer and educator of mixed Ashkenazi Jewish and Scottish heritage, living in the territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishinabek in Nogojiwanong – Peterborough, Ontario. Jon performs, organizes, and mentors emerging poets as the current Artistic Director for the Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective. He is one half of the spoken word duo WordCraft, as well as being one the co-creators and lead artists of the Take-out Poetry Project. His poetry has been featured at poetry slam and spoken word series across Canada, as well as at The Words Aloud Poetry Festival, the Storytellers of Canada National Conference, the Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival and the Precarious Festival, where he was artist in Residence at Trent Radio. He was the producer and host of the show Blank Pages, Pens and Stages at Trent Radio between 2018 and 2020 and was the lead producer on the documentary Pushback. He has also produced a series of cinepoems, an EP entitled “The Whisper Sessions”(2019), and four chapbooks of Poetry. Jon is currently workshopping his first full-length, one-person play entitled “Enkidu.”