Poet Samantha Badaoa and Music Composed By Trevor Malcolm – August 30th

Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate Samantha Badaoa teams up with composer and musician Trevor Malcolm along with guests Ray Manzerolle and Jennifer Desaulniers for August 30th’s Stone & Sky performance at The Tiny House.

Samantha Badaoa is a staple in the spoken word poetry scene in Windsor, Ontario. She has edited several books for Black Moss Press, and has released her first collection of poetry, So am I, in 2020 (Black Moss Press).

Badaoa is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor (2018) with an Honours English Language and Literature, and a minor in Political Science. She has served as a contributor and editor for publications including The Windsor Salt (Poetry and Prose, 2014); The South Detroit Chapbook Series (Water Damage, 2015); Sundays with the Tigers: Eleven Ways to Watch a Game (2015, Black Moss Press); The Voodoo Journals: Dispatches from a Haitian Grave (2016, Black Moss Press); and The Spitfire’s Embers: A Windsor Poetry Slam Collection (2018).

Badaoa is a recognized spoken word artist with an established body of work. She has been performing in Windsor for a number of years at open mic events and at various venues around the city. After becoming part of the popular Windsor Poetry Slam organization and event, she captured the title of Grand Champion in 2015 and went on to represent Windsor in multiple national poetry competitions. Badaoa has worked alongside Windsor’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, Marty Gervais, as well as several other established local authors over the years.



Nola Cooks and Talysha Bujold-Abu added to Stone & Sky 2020 Residency

The Stone & Sky team is excited to add two new artists in residence to our 2020 season!

Nola Cooks
Nola Cooks started doing stand up comedy at the age of 19 in Calgary, AB. Which made her audition for the Humber Comedy Program in Toronto, because Alberta is terrible. There she received the ​2011 Eugene Levy Writing Award, ​ and she continued to perform around Toronto and New York. She’s appeared at ​Yuk Yuks Toronto, Broadway Comedy Club, Gotham comedy club, ​ and​ The Laughing Devil. ​ Nola has also hosted a number of comedy nights and produced her own stand-up shows From ​Fat Katz ​ to ​“This is what good comedy looks like” ​ Show. After relocating to Toronto, Nola exposed systemic racism within the University of Windsor’s film program with her article “Confessions of a Deservedly Angry Black Woman”. Currently, she’s establishing a non-profit in support of Black, Indigenous, People of Color filmmakers who work with analog photography and film to provide them with DIY resources to tackle misrepresentation in the media.

Nola Cooks joins 2020 Stone & Sky Residency

Talysha Bujold-Abu (she/her) is an artist, illustrator, and arts educator – she holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Windsor (2018) and is recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award – Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity (2018).  Talysha is currently the Gallery Manager & Membership Coordinator with Arts Council Windsor & Region, a non-profit organization that programs and supports all disciplines of the creative arts.

Artist Statement: Exploring the liminal space of mixed heritage identity, Bujold-Abu addresses shifting interpretations of perceived difference – blackness as both a label and state of being. Through this work, she interrogates both implicit and explicit racism, acting as participant and witness to shifting interpretations of racial hierarchies. Talysha Bujold-Abu is a second generation Canadian, of Ghanaian and French Canadian heritage.

Talysha Bujold-Abu joins the 2020 Stone & Sky Artists Residency


Added to Stone & Sky Season – Teajai Travis August 16th

Poet and Soundscape Artist Teajai Travis will share a collection of original works from a compilation titled, “From My Mouth”.  The pieces selected for Stone & Sky will cast a net into a fifteen year journey of writing and performing.  His observations, criticisms and ignorance aired out on the front porch of a tiny house.

Poet and Soundscape Artist Teajai Travis