Shone Thistle is a Queer poet and multidisciplinary artist. Once described as a “feminist folk poet,” Shone’s poetry credits range from radio to jazz concerts, festivals to conferences. Poetic highlights include representing Calgary at the 2007 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, competing to receive perfect scores at the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Café in 2016, and performing with jazz quartet Red Line Trio+1 during the 2019 Brightside Festival. Shone’s poetry can also be found in several anthologies, including Mic Check: An Anthology of Canadian Spoken Word Poetry and, more recently, in YYC POP: Poetic Portraits of the People.
Shone played an integral role in brokering Calgary’s first permanent Pride and Trans crosswalks and was an active voice in the establishment of Canada’s strongest municipal bylaw against conversion therapy. Shone currently sits on the board of the Calgary Spoken Word Society. Her superpower is taking disparate content and weaving it into a cohesive story. Shone works on her spoken word and visual art practice from her home in Mokinstsis, on Treaty 7 territory, colonially known as Calgary.