Guest Curatorship for Underrepresented Writers

The Words & Music Show

Scroll down to see the participants in the 2020 Fresh Pages Guest Curatorship Program.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the inaugural Guest Curatorship of the Words & Music Show. The curatorship, which is a component of QWF’s new “Fresh Pages” initiative, is designed to help an aspiring literary artist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour develop skills in creating and curating literary and other arts events. The selected candidate receives a modest honorarium and a free one-year membership in QWF.

The selected candidate works with Ian Ferrier, long-time curator of the QWF Words & Music Show, to curate their own literary, musical, and performance event, from defining the event-to-be to selecting and inviting performers, gathering bios and other info, writing press releases and structuring and presenting a live show. The show typically presents poets, writers, performers, and musicians, and in the past has branched out to include, circus artists, magicians and comics from time to time. The guest curator can create a theme-based presentation, or a simple variety show.

The guest curator is selected by QWF’s Words & Music Committee.


  • Call for applications: September
  • Deadline for applications: November
  • Notification of results: December
  • Date of public show: February 16, 2020

2020 Program

The 2020 Fresh Pages Guest Curator: Prakash Krishnan

Prakash Krishnan (any pronoun) is a writer, researcher, curator, organizer, and media practitioner currently completing a Master of Arts in Media Studies at Concordia University in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal). Informed by over a decade of community and intervention work, Prakash employs creative writing, podcasting, filmmaking, performance, and curation as artistic research methods to explore embodied knowledges within an assemblage of queer, feminist, critical race, critical disability, and post-colonial theories. Prakash will be working with Ian Ferrier.

Curator of Words & Music: Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier created and has been curating the QWF’s Words & Music Show for twenty years, and the Mile End Poets’ Festival for ten. He is a writer, performer and musician, and curator, is author of multiple poetry collections and records including Quel est ce lieu, Bear Dreams, Coming and Going and Exploding Head Man. In 2009 he was awarded the Golden Beret, the League of Canadian Poets award for outstanding contributions to spoken word poetry. He has curated over 250 shows and performed in over 500.