Em Kwissa is one of Canada’s most unique literary talents. She is a founding member of the Lanark County Live Poets Society, Canada’s first rural spoken word collective and a beacon of diversity on the national poetry scene. At the age of fifteen, Em represented Lanark County at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, becoming the first minor to compete nationally. She has competed in a total of three festivals, including Victoria 2010, where her poem Love Letter to the Human Race was awarded a place in the finals night showcase. She has shared stages with such illustrious voices as C.R. Avery, The Fugitives, Shane Koyczan, and The Mighty Mike McGee. In August of 2013, she was named Poet of Honour by Canada’s inaugural Youth Can Slam for her contributions to the building of the youth spoken word community.