Monday, November 20, 2006

Ottawa Sensation Launches Ghettostocracy

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2006

Canada’s Poetry Diva
Oni the Haitian Sensation launches
Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm
395 Wellington Street
Admission $7

“Poetry is the tool that set me free”
Oni the Haitian Sensation, Ghettostocracy

Ottawa, Canada - On December 15th, 2006, Ottawa spoken word sensation, ONI, launches her first book of poetry, Ghettostocracy, at the National Library. Collecting poems performed across Canada, the United States and in Europe, Ghettostocracy burns with lyrical brilliance and political integrity. Whether she’s taking down popular cultural icons, taking on womanhood or taking a fist to racism, Oni’s poetry delivers mind-blowing, poetic voyages from Ottawa to Haiti to South Central LA, debunking nationalistic clichés and “cultural wannabees” and firmly asserting her Canadianness.
“Ghettostocracy is an unforgettable book by an inimitable, drop-dead gorgeous artiste. Look out! These poems will make your nostrils flare, your pulse quicken, and your brain smarter….”
- George Elliot Clarke, Governor-General’s Award Winner

“For close to two decades Oni has been liberating audiences with her firespitting lyrics. Now with Ghettostocracy she hits you like a tropical hurricane raining wind and fury. Read this collection and come face to face with your own naked, vulnerable, but powerful self.”
- Afua Cooper, 2006 Governor-General’s Award Nominee

About the author - Oni the Haitian Sensation has performed for audiences in Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. The first Canadian woman to tour the European Slam Poetry Circuit, she directed Canada's first National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Spoken Wordlympics, and curated the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

Media inquiries: Oni, the Haitian Sensation,
Review copies: McGilligan Books,

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