by Wakefield Brewster

In this journey of self-expression and self exploration, Wakefield Brewster overcomes educational systems, addiction, and mental despair to deliver messages of hope, wellness, and pride in his blackness. In his own words, “In an odyssey of self awareness and societal association, I have crafted a deeper communion with the world around me.” In an anthem of hope and pride, one of Alberta’s most renowned spoken word performers inspires with messages of connection and overcoming.

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Wakefield Brewster

Wakefield Brewster is a renowned poet, performer, and activist who served as poet laureate in Calgary Alberta from 2022-24. His work is known for its performative aspects and storytelling for inspiration. His performances are unparalleled for their powerful delivery and messages of positivity, sobriety, and wellness of all sorts. He is a Black Man raised in Toronto by parents from Barbados.

You’ve seen Wakefield Brewster perform his poetry. You have applauded his robust lyricism. Now read his debut poetry collection, immersing yourself in WAKEWord—fiery, joyful, private, and communal. Wakefield’s poetry ignites and rallies; it clenches its fists against ruthless mentalities yet embraces the wounded with tenderness while refusing the salve of self-pity. WAKEWord is poetry that casts its voice, reclaimed from the margins, across the chasm of history and modernity, to “forge new futures in the flesh.” Wakefield unabashedly reminds us that poetry has the power to celebrate regeneration and community.
~ Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, author of there’s more

Wakefield is a spoken word poet’s poet. He is empathetic and present. He can freestyle with nature. He uses poetry to heal anger and make arguments. He brings that special energy to his art and his interactions that is at once discombobulating and reaffirming.
~ Bertrand Bickersteth, Olds College

Some are performers. Others are poets. Wakefield Brewster is both. Whether read, heard or experienced, this deft and piercing work will seize you from the start and keep calling you back.
~ Cheryl Foggo, writer/director of John Ware Reclaimed