Jenna Tenn-Yuk – 2014 Residency Artist
Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a spoken word artist, public speaker and educator. She has performed and spoken nationally at TEDx, Pecha Kucha, Parliament Hill and numerous conferences. She was also a member of the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Wild Card team. She runs a monthly poetry series, Words to Live By, and facilitates spoken word workshops to help people find and speak their voices.
Jenna has seen how the scars of her past have become beautiful ways to connect with people’s hearts and stories through poetry, music and journalism. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program and has written for the Huffington Post and the Ottawa Citizen. She is currently working on a master’s degree in women’s studies at the University of Ottawa, where she has lectured on spoken word and activism, and is conducting research on the local slam poetry scene.
In Vancouver, Jenna lead a number of creative and hands-on spoken word poetry workshops, culminating in a public event and dialogue, opening the borders between and bringing together voices from Christian, LGBTQ and feminist communities. Using Spoken Word as a vehicle for social action and empowerment, these workshops acted as safe open spaces for discussions about the issues and complexities between these groups.