Fortner Anderson


Originally from the American mid-west, Fortner Anderson has lived in Montreal since 1976.  Known for the performances of his poems, read a cappella, he has been an active member of the Montreal "spoken word" scene for years prior to the use of the term "spoken-word".  In 2007, he was awarded “The Voice Electric” award for career achievment as a performance poet.

In June of 2007, he was invited to Genoa, Italy to read at the 13th edition of the Genoa International Poetry Festival, in 2002 his reading opened the 8th edition of this festival.  In the summer of 2007 he also was a featured reader at the Berlin poesiefestival with a showcase of Quebec poets.  In February of 2004 he was a featured performer at the Festival voix d'ameriques in Montreal reading works in English and French.  In November of 2004 he was a featured reader at the «Monde Parallèlle 50//littérature » festival in Lille, France.

He is a co-founder and a producer with the audio publishing venture Wired On Words (, and participated in the development of the Ultimatum II Urban Poetry Festival of 1985.  He is the host of a radio show, Dromostexte, a one-hour show that plays only poems and spoken word recordings, heard each week on CKUT-FM (  His past projects include: The Odyssey, an itinerant software, Montreal's Dial-A-Poem service, and Oralpalooza the Montreal spin-off from the Lollapalooza shows. 

He has performed his work at "Outloud Live" at the PanCanadian Wordfest in Calgary, Alberta and dozens of poetry readings and festivals. Performance venues have included the Banff Centre (Alberta), Cabaret (Montreal), the Rivoli (Toronto), and St-Mark’s Church (New York).

His poems have been recorded on the Wired On Words compilation (WOW, 1993), Millennium Cabaret  (WOW, 1998) et La Vache Enragée (Planète Rebelle, 1998), and have been published in Poetry Nation (Vehicule Press, 1998). His solo CD sometimes I think appeared in 2000 (WOW).  His second solo effort six silk purses appeared in late 2005. This cd charted on college radio stations across Canada. It remained on the charts for four months on the U.S. Internet radio station free109point3 during the summer and fall of 2006.  His latest release “he sings” once again charted on radio stations across Canada and in the United States reaching #10 at CFRO in Vancouver and #11 at free103point9 in New York.

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