An Edmonton girl on International Women’s Day!

We could give you her cool back story first, or you could just watch this. Just watch this. ?

That’s spoken word poet Nisha Patel reprising verse she shared an hour earlier at Edmonton’s City Hall to mark International Women’s Day.

Besides being a Mill Woods girl and a spoken word poet, Patel is a business grad from the University of Alberta, the producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and a political junkie who remembers skipping class and taking the LRT to watch City Council meetings.

So, it was a thrill to be back at City Hall, this time with the eyes and ears on her.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“In those days, Don Iveson was still a councillor, Mayor Mandel was in charge,” she said. “It was a huge milestone to perform in front of a crowd that big today.”[/perfectpullquote]

[Editor’s note: the skipping class to watch politics is fact-checked to be true!]

International Women’s Day event at City Hall
International Women’s Day event at City Hall

Patel was part of a program that also featured remarks and a proclamation read by Councillor Bev Esslinger and a keynote from MacEwan University Business Dean Dr. Wanda Costen. Dr. Ania Ulrich, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, received the Women’s Initiative Leadership Award at the event, which was emceed by Kim Armstrong, the City of Edmonton’s Deputy City Manager of Employee Services.

Patel has been writing poetry for four years.

“I had always loved reading, and finding myself in someone else’s words was very natural to me,” she said. So, being able to tell stories now where other people can see themselves is a huge privilege.”

IWD3Once more for the cameras!

Nisha Patel is an award-winning Indo-Canadian poet and artist, and the Festival Producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. She is a recipient of the 2018 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund, and is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in Business Economics and Law and a Certificate in Leadership. You can find out more about her at