The Speak Up, Inspire Change poetry competition accepted poems, prose poems, and spoken word art that explores root causes of global issues such as hunger, health, education, and conflict, and inspires others to look deeper at our roles as global citizens.
Finalists’ poems were then recorded as inspiring radio ads which aired across the province in 2016 and 2017. Listen to the winning entries below, or contact SCIC for a free copy of the Speak Up, Inspire Change poetry book published in the summer of 2017.
Take a look behind-the-scenes creating the LookDeeper poetry ads: Listen to a two-part interview on CBC Radio with Cat Abenstein, one of the winning artists, and the creative team behind the ads.
Speak Up, Inspire Change Finalists
Choose to Tell SCIC “Choose To Tell”
– Cat Abenstein, Regina, SK
Dear My Child SCIC “Dear My Child”
– Nathaniel Athian Deng, Regina, SK
Phase 2 Finalists
Oranges and Pomegranates SCIC “Oranges and Pomegranates”
– dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Saskatoon, SK
Before I Teach English 100 SCIC “Before I Teach English 100”
– Cassidy McFadzean, Regina, SK
Phase 1 Finalists
A Whole World – Amanda Castilleja, Regina, SK
Full Potential – Angeline Chia, Regina, SK
Indian River – Martha Kashap, Saskatoon, SK / Huntsville, ON
These People – Johnny Trinh, Regina SK
Thinking Hope – Natasha Urkow, Regina, SK
Finding Peace – Kyla Wendell McIntyre, Regina, SK
Darkest night is menacing – Rachel Bastiaanse, Regina, SK
Add Radical to the 3 Rs – Marion Mutala, Saskatoon, SK
Cries Unheard – Mary E. Nordick, Saskatoon, SK
Rant – Bernadette Wagner, Regina, SK