A girl smiling behind a heart-shaped hole
Portrait of Billie the Kid

From the Hearth: What is a story?

Kingston, ON

From the Hearth, is a six-part in-person poetry and spoken word workshop series, that expands our circles of care to embrace the journeys, stories and connections we share as humans. In this workshop, participants will be playing with structre and enjoy an introduction to form and explore the idea of stories as living beings.

This workshop series guides both new and experienced poets through the art of storytelling and finding an individual voice that celebrates collective memory and belonging. We discuss why our stories are important, do exercises in expression and inspiration and think about community and collaboration. This series is facilitated by Billie the Kid who is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller. Coordinated by Qanita Lilla.

All are welcome and no experience is required. Participants can register for individual workshops, or join the full series.


Billie the Kid is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she now resides in Kingston, Ontario, the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Huron-Wendat. Billie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and has performed at events across Turtle Island from CUPSI to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her poetry breathes life into narratives as she explores relationships with family, friends, food, and the dynamic nature of dreams.

Event Details


Agnes Etherington Art Centre
36 University Ave
Kingston ON