Magpie Ulysses is a “dynamic performance poet and storyteller known for charming and slaying audiences with intense stage presence and thoughtful insight about humanity.” Writer, Rabble Rouser, fancy talker; Magpie began performing at the age of 17 to save her life. Since then she has performed across North America and is a veteran of the national poetry slam community in Canada where she was a member of two national champion Vancouver poetry slam teams. She was named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian festival Of Spoken Word In the Fall of 2012.
Having lived across Canada in communities large and small for the better part of the past 20 years, Magpie continuously finds herself asking questions of home and what it is to be human as part of the environment she dwells in. An activist at heart, Magpie is known for her visceral, often surrealist writings about addictions, environmental issues and working class struggle. She recently completed a collection of prose poems telling the stories of strangers and self from her experiences of hitchhiking over 25,000km across North America in her late teens and early twenties.
Magpie has spent much of the past decade heavily involved in the arts while living in and around rural BC and Southern Ontario. Having spent the past few years raising a new human and past many years caring for her grandmother through Alzheimer’s disease, she has become increasingly interested in questions surrounding genetic memory, place, body, grief, aging and how we choose to tell our own stories. Her latest works in progress, “The Obituaries Of Strangers” examine these themes.
Magpie currently lives on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw first nations.
“…confessional poems that hit hard and take the reader through intense visceral terrain, but never wallow” (Robert Priest, NOW magazine).
Ulysses captures and speaks to the multi-layered human experience with accuracy and empathy. ” Peter North, Artistic director Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival
“A truly intelligent poet whose commentary stretches from the meaning of west coast life to the meaning of the universe.” – Vancouver Observer
“…a writer who so meticulously dissects the trials of being human.” – Broken Pencil Magazine
“A Stellar poet and powerhouse performer” Tongues Of Fire, Victoria
“An anthropologist of the Heart” – RC Weslowski