Kevan Anthony Cameron, also known as Scruffmouth is a poet, editor and performer. Kevan was born in Edmonton to Jamaican parents. He received his bachelor’s degee from Simon Fraser University, which included him participating in the SFU Ghana Field School in 2011.
Kevan is a well-known face on the local and North American poetry slam scene. His poems have been published in We Have a Voice: An Anthology of African and Caribbean Student Writing in BC, Blood Ink: A University of Alberta Literary Journal and Sudden Thunder: Spring 2011 Anthology. He has released several chapbooks, including The Seventh Sense (2007), Pan Africanism Is Dead (2008), Choose Your Revolution (2008), New Word Order (2009), Elementality (2010) and Mash It Up (2012). He has released a CD of spoken word poetry Ruff Draft and is currently working on his debut album, Spoken Notebook.
Kevan is also the co-editor of and a contributing poet to The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2013) which was launched in Vancouver as part of Black History Month in 2013. Kevan’s poems speak on self, identity, social justice, freedom and the stories of peoples of African descent both locally and internationally. His goal is to “edutain” his audience which he does through a powerful, rhythmic reading of history and philosophy through poetry.
Kevan is also a creative director for Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective through which he educates young people and adults through the spoken word and poems celebrating the heritage of peoples of African ancestry. He has also contributed as a board member of the Black Canadian Studies Association and Spoken Word Canada and for projects like Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival and the annual Pan African Slam. Kevan was crowned as the Grand Slam Champion of the Vancouver Poetry Slam in 2008.
As a performer, Kevan has appeared in the TV-movie Fallen, the motion-picture Love Happens and the internet web series, White Collar Poet.
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