Dazza MacAskill is off to Vancouver at the end of the month to take part in a national poetry competition. Photo submitted

Nelson poetry slam winner off to national competition

Dazza MacAskill will compete this month at Verses Festival of Words

The winner of this year’s Nelson Poetry Slam is heading to Vancouver at the end of April to represent Nelson in a national competition.

Dazza MacAskill says he’s placed second so many times in other events that he’s excited at this chance to reach the next level and compete at Verses Festival of Words.

Born in Fruitvale and a longtime Kootenay resident, the 34-year-old says poetry helped him overcome challenges and heal from injuries both physical and emotional.

“The cadence helped cure my head injury, the rhythm and repetitiveness, repeating positive messages. It’s really important what you say to yourself and what you listen to,” says MacAskill, adding that he wants to offer poetry therapy coaching in the future.

In terms of his prospects facing off with some of B.C.’s best slam poets, he says he looks forward more than anything to meeting all the high calibre artists.

The level of competition doesn’t faze him because he’s been competing in poetry slams — events where judges are selected from the audience and winners calculated afterwards, prizes awarded — for five years.

“I was very competitive growing up. Trail is one of the top sports town in BC, so I grew up surrounded by very competitive people,” he adds.

MacAskill is currently studying the art form, trying to expand his repertoire and material. He says that part of his mission is to channel his energy into positive outcomes as an alternative to unhealthy forms of mean-spirited competition.

It’s a big month for MacAskill. He’s also the featured reader at the upcoming Nelson Poetry Slam on April 14 at John Ward Fine Coffee — he will have a 20-minute window to showcase a larger body of his work.

There will also be an open mic and regular slam contest that night, with a donation jar to collect money that will help the slam council pay for his trip to Verses in Vancouver.

Just Posted

Caribou panel hears from critical public

About 250 people turned out Wednesday evening to give feedback on the provincial government’s caribou recovery plans.

Mungall to host CleanBC open house in Nelson

Michelle Mungall is hosting an open house on CleanBC at L.V. Rogers on Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Youth climate strikers present to regional district

Next continent-wide school strike for climate planned for Nelson May 3

Glacier Gymnastics wins 12 medals at provincials

The club sent eight athletes to the event

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Most Read