NOWW has partnered with the City of Thunder Bay to present a Literary Stage as part of the Ontario Culture Days kick off event, Arts and Culture under the Lights. Headlining the event is poet and motivational speaker Wali Shah. Eight other local artists will bring their literary energy to the stage with poetry, spoken word and storytelling. These talented performers include Holly (Desroches Tsun) Haggarty, Doug Diaczuk, Taina Maki Chahal, John Forget, Katya Arifin, Tessa Hargreaves, and Ahmad Hafez. Nancy Freeborn, local entertainer and consummate host, will be the MC. The evening will begin with a children’s stage presentation The Seven Grandfather Teachings with Ojibwe Elder and Knowledge Keeper Sheila De Corte.