Andrea Thompson is a writer, teacher, activist and mentor, who has been a mainstay on the Canadian spoken word scene for the past twenty years. Thompson’s poetry collection, Eating the Seed (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), has been featured on the reading list at the University of Toronto, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is also the co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, an anthology released by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2010.
In 2012, Thompson received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her thesis for this program was a full-length fiction manuscript. The novel is due to be published by Inanna Publications in the spring of 2014.
Working in a variety of forms, Thompson’s poetry has been featured in the film Slam Nation, on Bravo TV’s Planet Poetry, TVO’s Imprint, Carolyn Weaver’s Bio Library and on a variety of CBC radio programs. A popular performer at venues and festivals across North America, Thompson’s work has been featured on film, radio, and television; and included in magazines, literary journals and anthologies across Canada.
Thompson’s poetry is hybridist and unique—blending elements of jazz, blues, spoken word and traditional literary verse into a style all her own. In 2009, she was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour for Outstanding Achievement, and in 2005, her CD One was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award.
In 2008, Thompson wrote and performed her one-woman show, "Mating Rituals of the Urban Cougar," which she toured across the country as part of the Canadian Fringe Festival series. In 2009, her essay on the history of Spoken Word in Canada was published by Edition Malestrom (Brussells) as the prologue to the book Le Making of d’un Homme.
She is currently teaching Spoken Word through the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Continuing Studies Department, and is a regular visitor to secondary and post secondary schools across the country, where she works with youth, using writing and performance to help improve their literacy, confidence, communication skills, and self-esteem.