Mark (Marcus) Vertodazo is a Filipino-Canadian born in Calgary and raised within the South East neighborhoods of Forest Lawn. He is a full time student at Mount Royal University, majoring in Sociology while pursuing a minor in Creative Writing. Creatively, he identifies first as a Spoken Word Poet. He was first exposed to YYC’s slam poetry scene within his junior year of high-school in 2016, participating in Alberta’s provincial “Can You Hear Me Now?” poetry slam competition. The following year, he was one of the three main students who took a leadership position within Father Lacombe High-School’s Spoken Word Team and eventually led his troupe of eccentric and unorthodox-thinking teenage poets into winning the entire competition. In his free time, Marcus spends his days getting lost in random neighborhoods on his skateboard, loitering in libraries and bookstores, thrift-shopping and “geeking out” over anything Star Wars/Studio Ghibli related. His overall dream is to become an officially recognized poet laureate, however he is in no rush.