A three-time Canadian national slam finalist who has toured nationally and internationally speaking about resilience, queer identity and the inheritance of struggle, Alessandra Naccarato is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Runner-up for the 2014 CBC poetry prize, and winner of the 2014 EVENT non-fiction contest, her writing has been published across Canada and the United States and she has facilitated hundreds of spoken word workshops for youth across the country. Past chair of Spoken Word Canada and former director of Montreal's Throw Poetry Collective, her writing is marked by a commitment to community action, deeply rooted in nature and shot through with magic.

Her forth-coming album of spoken word and music, Hunger & Lightning, will be released in summer 2015.