Inspired Word Café, (r)evolution through artistic expression, was started six years ago to encourage people to spread their wings. It was my hope to bring people together who LOVE and appreciate the creative flow that is Life. Words are meant to be heard and Inspired Word Café encourages a community's beautiful blend of words and music, in a setting that embraces everyone who participates.
Rawle James is a poet, teacher and spiritual coach who mentors individuals seeking a connection to their true nature. Rawle spent 20 years in the corporate world as a trained facilitator using tools like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, True Colours, Myers Briggs and others methods to assist people in reaching their potential. In conjunction with his spiritual walk, education, life experiences and foundational principles training, Rawle has a deep rooted desire to contribute positive and healing energies to humanity.
Rawle lives in Kelowna, BC where he wrote and self published his first book of poetry Truth Experienced. He is the founder of the Inspired Word Cafe, a coffeehouse show that invites poets and musicians to share their creative brilliance. He has years of experience working with youth through coaching football and people with mental challenges.
Erin Scott is a spoken word poet and playwright. She focuses on community art development, youth and female empowerment, and subversive humour. Her work has been published in Papershell, produced in InspiraTO and West Queens West Street Festivals, and is forthcoming in Ricepaper Magazine (December 2015).
Cole Mash is an Interdisciplinary Graduate Student in English and Creative Writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus. He is from Rock Creek, British Columbia, but has made Kelowna his home for the better part of ten years. He is Editor-in-Chief at Kelowna literary magazine, OK Magpie, as a scholar has had his critical work published in SRC, and has worked as a reviewer for The University of Victoria’s The Coastal Spectator. He is an aspiring novelist, and his poetry has been published in The Eunoia Review and UBC’s Papershell.
Jessica Laplante is an Early Childhood Educator , environmentalist and advocate for animals, nutrition and children playing in nature. When she is not at work teaching and playing with young children, she is immersing herself in the outdoors,hiking up into the alpine mountains, photography and poetry. Jessica has always loved writing, singing and has recently in the last year started sharing her words at open mics and took the role of stage manager for the Inspired word Shaw shows. Behind the scenes of Inspired word events, Jessica has found her long lost love of words and purpose. Joining forces with the Inspired word collective has been really rewarding as she continues to meet inspiring souls who are changing the world one poem at a time. Jessica is grateful to be part of this movement and excited to recruit more talented word smiths to perform in upcoming events.