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.