Posts By: Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman is a poet, spoken word artist, blogger, cultural journalist, and digital nomad. She’s been writing regularly for The Voice Magazine since 2004, not long after she began studying psychology at Athabasca. Her poetry has been published in Descant, The Talking Leaves, Chizine, Our Times, The Best of Tigertail, and Pottersfield Portfolio and her articles in Design is Political, Rawckus Magazine, Coastal Life, The New Internationalist, This Magazine, and in her blog, The Mindful Bard. She grew up in Nova Scotia, but after having lived in New Hampshire and North Africa she’s now settled in Montreal.

In Conversation With . . . Gescha, Part I

Gescha is a young Canadian hip hop artist who has shared the stage with Tech9, Classified, and Sweatshop Union, among others. His single ?Love Pirates? made #8 on the Canadian singles sales charts the week it debuted. After years of struggling with a self-destructive lifestyle, Gescha now mentors youth in an attempt to prevent others… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Mill and the Cross

Film: The Mill and the Cross (2011) Director: Lech Majewski Screenwriter: Michael Francis Gibson Cast: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling Genre: Art House, International ?He is the great miller of heaven, grinding out the bread of life.? Nicolaes Jonghelinck in The Mill and the Cross ?The Jews then responded to him, ?What sign can… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Page One: Inside the New York Times

Film: Page One: Inside the New York Times (Magnolia Films 2011) Director: Andrew Rossi Screenwriters: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi ?We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.? Jimmy Carter When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth and Were Suddenly Forced to Compete with Bloggers for Food Print media is expensive to put together…. Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Algerie Algeria

Album: Djamel Aissa, AlgĂ©rie Algeria (Musiques traditionelles de Kabylie) (2012) In my series ?Power, Poetry, and Popular Dissent in Algeria,? I talked about the 1980 popular uprising sparked by the Algerian government’s refusal to allow a conference on Berber poetry in the city of Tizi Ouzou. This event is now seen as the seed that… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Ken Burns: Prohibition

Film: Ken Burns: Prohibition (2011) Director: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick Genre: Documentary In 1920 America spurned Dionysus, god of wine and ecstasy, and Dionysus exacted a swift and lasting revenge that changed the social fabric of the country, the economy, and history. The 18th Amendment?which ushered in the era of Prohibition?encouraged dissent, deceit, lawlessness, and… Read more »

In Conversation with . . . Blackstone, Part IV – Justin Rain: On Playing Alan Fraser, Part II

?A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind’s heritage.? Abdelaziz Bouteflika Blackstone is a Gemini award-winning Canadian television series based on a fictitious Canadian First Nations reserve. The second season is now airing on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) and… Read more »