SPOKEN WORD WRITER + PERFORMER
After becoming the youngest poet to win a provincial and national spoken word championship in the same year (2014), Andrew Warner has published four collections of poetry, toured in 25+ cities, graduated college at 19, and created his first cinematic poem, Mangoes, on Button Poetry, the world’s largest online channel for spoken word.
Starring in Shane Koyczan’s cinematic short Heaven or Whatever in 2015, Andrew was inspired to create poetic work for online audiences. Mangoes is currently in its eighth film festival under official selection, but several more poems from Andrew’s published collection will be made into films for YouTube.
Having worked in residency with the Roundhouse Community Centre and Handsworth Secondary among other schools, Andrew facilitates freelance workshops for youth to inspire emerging poets in the community, often encouraging newcomers to the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam.
He got his start at weekly poetry slams in Vancouver, taking hours of transit alone. There he met Emma Field and Angelica Poversky, two grand slam champions, with whom he toured the Pacific Northwest in 2017 and the East Coast, 2018, under the name: The Tiny Tricycle Poets. Together, their videos and collaborations have earned over a million views on YouTube.