Marina Reid Hale can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up (with the notable exception of a week in grade two when she wanted to be a dolphin). Now an Edmonton writer, spoken word poet, and educator, Marina’s work has been featured in Glass Buffalo magazine, NextFest, the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and the #yegwords coffee sleeve project. She is a two-time runner-up in the Kaleido Fest Slam and has competed nationally as both a member of the 2015 Wild Card Team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and as an individual at the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. One of Marina’s greatest passions is teaching writing; she has lead workshops for Edmonton Catholic Schools, Young Edmonton Poets, the Boyle Street Education Centre, and the Graduate Students of English Collective Poetry Group. She once won a trophy for her terrible, angsty teen poetry, and it remains one of her proudest moments.