Courtney Space is a Toronto-born and raised poet and the published author of Mirrors & Smoke, a short story told through poetry, prose and illustrations about a young woman’s journey to self-discovery.
The daughter of a Cameroonian rapper and a Métis-Canadian youth worker, Courtney’s multicultural upbringing, love for hip-hop, and strong social justice values inspire her creative process.
Courtney is passionate about speaking on the intersections of race, mental health, poverty, addiction, and resilience. She studied Human Rights and Equity at York University in Toronto, and in 2017, was invited to perform an original spoken word poem titled “I am Seven Nations” at the Unity in Diversity event, a commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, sponsored by York University, Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board.
Courtney's poetry is also featured in Notes from the Come Up, an anthology of short fiction, poetry and art from 21 emerging artists published in 2018 and pieced together from craft workshops run by Words, Rhymes & Life, and funded in part by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Courtney believes in self-reflection, collecting lessons, and connecting to the magic of the Universe.