Bringing a fresh, new voice to the scene, Dia Davina has taught and performed for youth audiences across Canada since 2012. Their unparalleled ability to connect with youth and their moving, earnest and dynamic performance has made them a unique and sought-after poet and arts educator. With a rare combination of vulnerability, candor and humour, Dia is a poet able to stare into the dark corners of our hearts and find the light.
Dia Davina is a poet who is able to stare in to the dark corners of our hearts and find the light. Dia can make us squirm with their words in the best ways possible and then offer release with a tear or a laugh. Plus they're just a lot of fun to watch on stage! RC Weslowski, 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion and Two-Time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist
Dia's ability to connect with youth is unparalleled- especially on topics like gender politics, self-identity, bullying and self-esteem. Brendan McLeod, Artist
Grade Suitability: Grade 8 - 12
Duration: 50 mins + 5 -10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 500 students
Tech Requirements: Microphone required (if large audience)
Fee Range: $734 - $834 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
This funny, engaging and thought-provoking poetry and storytelling performance draws students into an honest discussion of gender politics, self-identity (including queer and trans identities), bullying and self-esteem. Through personal stories and poetry, Dia encourages students to embrace their own stories and use their voices to explore and express identity, foster allyship and community, and change the world around them. Celebrating their roots in the slam poetry scene, Dia shares their journey as a relatively new artist, demonstrating that all youth need to be spoken word poets is the courage to speak what's in their hearts. By sharing about their identity as a non-binary, queer artist, Dia's performance is a valuable addition to diversity-focused initiatives (particularly as a way of supporting queer and trans youth in schools) and celebrations of poetry and literary arts.