Guest Curatorship for Underrepresented Writers

The Words & Music Show

Please scroll down to see the selected candidate for the 2021 Guest Curatorship program.

Applications for the 2022 program will open in the fall of 2021. Please see below for information on eligibility and updates.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2021 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour.
  • Applicants should have already demonstrated an interest in presenting either their own work in public presentations or in creating a literary, musical or other arts event.
  • There is no age or publication requirement.
  • Candidates who have already curated more than three public events, or who work for an event creation agency or company, are not eligible.


  • Call for applications: October
  • Deadline for applications: November
  • Notification of results: December
  • Public show: February

Curator of the Words & Music Show

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.

The 2021 Words & Music Show Guest Curator

Avleen Kaur Mokha, also known by her creative alias Mirabel, holds a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from McGill University. Mirabel’s work has appeared in places such as Dream Pop, and High Shelf Press, among others. Her debut collection, DREAM FRAGMENTS, came out in fall 2020 from Montreal’s Cactus Press. Presently, Mirabel edits poetry and prose for Persephone’s Daughters, a literary magazine devoted to survivors of abuse. She is also the carte blanche blog curator for their Fall 2020/Winter 2021 Resistance:Resilience blog series.

2020 Program

Fresh Pages Guest Curator: Prakash Krishnan