2012 Golden Beret Award for Poetry

The Calgary Spoken Word Festival is pleased to announce the
2012 recipient of the Soon-to-be-Prestigious Golden Beret Award:

Calgary’s own Kirk Miles!

Calgary Poet/ Community Builder
receives this award
from his peers!

We are pleased to honor poet and activist Kirk Miles for his influence and impact on Spoken Word and poetry in Calgary.  We will present the award and Miles will perform at Opening Night – The Saloon Salon on Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 PM at the Auburn Saloon (163 – 9th Ave. SE).

The Golden Beret Award is presented to a Canadian Spoken Word Poet who has made significant, lifelong contributions both to the Spoken Word genre and to the growth & development of their communities.

The jury (comprised of other poets) evaluated candidates based on the originality of creative process, mastery of genre (in writing & performance), innovation, use of technologies, and contributions to community.


Previous Recipients

2011 – Ian Ferrier (Montréal)
2010 – Wendy Morton (Victoria,BC)
2009 – Lillian Allen (Toronto, ON)
2008 – Sarah Murphy (Calgary, AB)
2007 – Murdoch Burnett (Comox, BC)

2012 Jury

Wendy Morton (Victoria, BC)
Ian Ferrier (Montreal, QC)
Sarah Murphy (Calgary, AB)
Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary, AB)






Birds © 2012 Calgary Spoken Word Society