Our Team

Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie

For general inquiries please email us at info@poetryinvoice.ca. Or find our team's email addresses below.


Liana Cusmano, Communications Director (iel/they/them)

Liana Cusmano


Liana first became involved with Poetry in Voice/Les voix de la poésie when they competed in the 2012 Grand Finals. They are thrilled to be joining the team as Director of Communications in 2021. Liana is also a writer, filmmaker, spoken word artist, and arts educator, and they are passionate about making poetry more accessible to youth.

When they are not working with poets, teachers, and students, they can be found skateboarding, cycling, or hiking.


Tessa Griffin, English Program Coordinator (she/her/elle)

Tessa Griffin

Tessa stage managing the 2017 Finals in Vancouver


Tessa Griffin creates connections: She unites poets and teachers for our Poet In Class program; she assembles students, teachers, and poets for our Team Regional events in Ontario; and she collaborates with literary-event and festival organizers to create opportunities for students to recite. She also plans and stage manages our National Finals events.

Before coming to Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie in 2016, Tessa worked as a public school and Montessori educator and ran an organization that provided Toronto children with books and opportunities to meet authors. When she is not in front of her computer directing poetry traffic, she enjoys making art, triathlon sports, cross-country skiing, reading, and listening to music.


Jessica Singh, Development Manager (elle/she/her)

Jessica Singh


An Oxford graduate specializing in research, arts, and gender studies. Jessica is an interdisciplinary artist and in that, she embodies the essence of fluidity in art forms like poetry, photography and painting. Her first book, 'When Love Lived Alone' has Prose Poems with illustrations. She works with creativity, consideration and open-mindedness that allows seeing things from unconventional perspectives. She has 12+ years of experience in impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, multi-stakeholder relationships, qualitative research methodologies, strategic partnerships, capacity building and grant-writing both internationally and in Canada. She is currently serving on the board of North York Arts and the Council for Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and has had the opportunity to work with organizations like the World Bank, Plan UK, Credit Suisse, GIZ, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, US Department of State, Centre for Social Innovation, The Reading Partnership, Tedx Toronto and Plan Canada.


David J. Smith, Executive Director (il/he/him)

David J. Smith

David at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with 2019 National Finalists (l to r) Berry Genge, Clara Sismondo, Aksa Caleb, Nawal Semir, and Alexander Morin


David has been with Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie since 2011, first as Technical Director and then as Executive Director starting in 2014. With his background in theatre, filmmaking, photography, and engineering, David has developed our website, created our videos, and orchestrated our live and online contests.

His love of poetry and performance was sparked when he photographed the first team slam at the People’s Poetry Gathering in 1999. In 2007 he spent a year in classrooms and the community filming high school students in Rochester, NY, as they formed a slam team for Brave New Voices. He is thrilled that it’s now his job to encourage students to read, recite, and write poetry. Since Gretzky retired he has been an obsessive follower of Liverpool Football Club.


Ariane Tapp, French Program Coordinator (elle/she/her)

Ariane Tapp


Ariane Tapp joins the Poetry in Voice team in 2022 and is happy to contribute to bringing poetry to light and making it shine. A lover of the French language, Ariane is also a poet, a proofreader, and has taught French as a second and foreign language in Quebec and Europe. She is also passionate about cinema, music, natural landscapes and cats.


Sarah Tsiang, Creative Director (elle/she/her)

Sarah Tsiang


Before joining Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie in 2020, Sarah taught poetry and creative writing at UBC and Sheridan College. She is the author of 3 books of poetry and the editor of a poetry anthology. She also works as the Poetry Editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and loves nothing more than discovering and working with the rising stars of Can lit.

She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to be around both talented students from across the country as well as the supremely gifted poets who provide content for our website and anthologies.



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