Lady Vanessa Cardona
Lady Vanessa Cardona is a mestiza, Colombian, First Generation immigrant artist and community builder. She started her artistic career in Windhoek, Namibia and currently lives in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton), Treaty 6 territory.
Lady graduated with a BFA and specialization in theatre and development from Concordia University. She is a mentor of a refugee youth leadership group called Newcomers Are Lit officially known as the Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network.
Most recently garnering the 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion title, Lady has toured and competed around Canada promoting her art as an Edmonton local artist and proud member of the breath in poetry collective. She features in the chapbook, Water, published by Glass Buffalo. Lady is currently working on her upcoming book La Sangre.
Lady believes in the healing powers art provides for our community. Healing is not polite; art allows us to be the frankest versions of ourselves so that we may strengthen our souls, minds and the community around us. Art is where we come together through unity of purpose.