Q Summit Mentorship

Q Summit Mentorship program is an arts-based initiative that combines professional development, mentorship and creative consulting for youth ages 13 to 25 who identify within and/or allies of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This is a safe space for youth to express openly themselves through a variety of art-form including poetry, spoken word and other visual creations. Taught by professional artists and educators, participants can explore their identity and develop their self-expression.

This a 10-week program that will end with a Livestream event showcasing participants’ work during the program. Developed in collaboration with our program mentors, Q Summit seeks to support youth in the 2SLGBTQ+ community and their allies in navigating new changes and creating a safe space to learn, express and develop through art.

2021 Q Summit’s Digital Anthology: Queer As In Here

In case you missed the live-stream spoken-word event presented by brilliant Q Summit Mentees, who’ve performed selected pieces from their collection. Click below to check out their work. 

2021 Q Summit Mentorship | Spoken Word

The Q Summit is application-based, and best suited towards youths who identify within and/or allies of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and emerging spoken word artists. This is a paid mentorship program for youths to curate and showcase a body of work. Selected to participate, will receive a detailed agreement to be signed, stating that attendance and full participation is required in order to receive the honorarium of $250.00.

Program Objectives:

  • Expression: Find and amplify your authentic voice
  • Curation: Take part in a series of workshops led by industry professionals where you will learn about / deepen your understanding of what it is to create poetry & spoken word pieces
  • Performance: Under the mentorship of professional artists, create written pieces and have these pieces edited together to be presented in a professional digital anthology
  • Networking: Surround yourself with like-minded artists in a safe and welcoming environment

Program Details
Dates: Thursdays – January 28| February 4, 11, 18, 25| March 4, 11, 25 | April 1, 8, 10*
Time: 6:00- 8:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom

For more information, please contact Matt O’Connor, Programs Coordinator, via email: matt@lakeshorearts.ca



Meet the Mentors


Top: Emily Dial (Em), Bottom: Cassandra Myers (Cass)

Cassandra Myers and Emily Dial

Cassandra (they/she) and Emily (they/she) are both poets and forever partners. They were both named Best Poet at the College Unions Poetry Slam 2018, 2018(respectively) and have a fierce craft and performance style that unites them over their love of poetry.

Cassandra is a queer, trans, crip, mad, South Asian-Italian poet, performer, educator, and social worker from Toronto, Ontario. She has a Masters of Social Work Candidate from York University and is also a crisis intervention counsellor and youth worker, specializing in care for sexual violence survivors and the BIPOC LGBTQ2SIA+ community.

Cassandra has performed poetry across the United States and Canada, and their debut collection, Smash the Headlights, is forthcoming from Write Bloody North Publishing in 2021. A Pink Door Fellow, her work can be found in Overheard, The Shortline Review, UncommonYOU, and elsewhere.

Em is a queer, triracial, chronically ill poet, educator, and earth-worker born and raised in the Bay Area of California. Em holds a B.S. in biology and M.A in Earth Systems from Standford University and is an earth worker at Black Creek Community Farms.

Em is a 2020 Kundiman Fellow, recipient of the 2019 Mary C Mohr Poetry Award and won PEN Canada’s New Voices Award for 2020!

Come hang with them and write poetry amongst friends!

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Cass Myers

Em Dial


‘A Letter to My Queer Younger Self’ is a poem created during Q Summit 2020 winter session by participants in collaborations with their mentors and facilitators Cassandra Myers and Emily Dial.




Q Summit is proudly funded by:


Learn more about the Johansen Larson Foundation by visiting: www.jlfoundation.ca

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