D’Scribe the Poet is an Indigenous (Blackfoot/Mi’kmaq) spoken word artist who uses his work to discuss topics such as mental illness, boundaries, and Indigenous rights. D’Scribe has competed at events such as the 2016 Canadian festival of spoken word in Winnipeg, the 2017 Canadian Individual poetry slam championship in Vancouver, and the 2017 International queer poetry championship Capturing fire in Washington DC where he performed on final stage. As a core team member of the Hamilton Youth Poet’s(HYP), D’Scribe and his teammates are presently ranked 2nd provincially, and hold the championship title for young voices Nationally. D’Scribe is proud to be part of HYP’s teaching artist corps and is looking forward to working with schools throughout Hamilton. When he is not pouring his heart out into a microphone he is working on his Psychology at Brock University.



Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her family. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Globe and Mail and many others. Her essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards. Most recently, she was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC. Her first book of essays is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in Spring 2019.

Meet Alicia Elliott at gritLIT 2018!

Pat Zonta

Pat Zonta is an experienced ESL teacher, professional actress, singer, retired Registered Medical Radiation Technologist, published author, event-planner, and Production Editor for medical and dental journals and textbooks. Pat Zonta is the author of the children’s book  Jessica’s X-Ray, published and distributed by Firefly Books, Ltd. One of her strong points is the ability to translate technical lingo into everyday language. She holds a BA in English Literature and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and a diploma in Medical Radiation Technology from Mohawk College.