Brendan McLeod is a Canadian writer, spoken word artist, and musician. He is the author of one novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley,  a one woman play, The Big Oops, and two monologues, the most recent of which is his award-winning piece on consciousness Brain. He is the founder of The Fugitives, a folk group signed to Light Organ Records, that tours internationally and have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award. He is a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion and World SLAM runner-up. He’s taught spoken word at Langara College, and is an active youth educator with a variety of organizations, including: Wordplay, Prologue, and the Vancouver Biennale.  He was the 2012 Poet of Honor at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the 2015 Poet of Honour at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival.


  • Pick of the Fringe Award, Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2015.
  • Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice, Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2015 (nominee).
  • Favourite Male Performer, Victoria Fringe Festival, 2015.
  • Best Solo Show, Best Overall Show, Victoria Fringe Festival, 2015 (nominee).
  • Poet of Honour, Victoria Festival of Spoken Word, 2015.
  • Best Vocal Group, Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2014 (nominee with The Fugitives).
  • Best Roots album (duo or group), Western Canadian Music Award, 2014 (nominee with The Fugitives).
  • Canada Council grant for Spoken Word and Storytelling, 2014
  • Poet of Honour, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 2012
  • Canada Writes (Shortlist), Creative Non-fiction, 2012.
  • Banff Arts Centre, Writing Studio participant, 2011.
  • BC Arts grant for Literary Arts, 2010.
  • Canadian Comedy Award, Man V Minivan (story credit) (nominee), 2010.
  • Canada Council grant for Specialized Music Recording (The Fugitives), 2009.
  • Re: Lit Award (longlist) for The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, 2008.
  • Canada Council grant for Spoken Word and Storytelling, 2008.
  • Canadian Folk Music Award (nominee) in the category ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ for In Streetlight Communion (The Fugitives), 2007.
  •  Winner of the International 3 Day Novel Contest for The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, 2006.
  • World SLAM Poetry Championships (runner-up), 2005.
  •  Vancouver Individual SLAM poetry champion, 2005.
  • Canada Council Grant for Spoken Word and Storytelling (The Fugitives), 2005.
  • Individual SLAM poetry champion, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 2004.
  • Team SLAM poetry champion (Vancouver), Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 2004.


“Canada’s top SLAM spieler” – CBC

“This poet is an ambitious performer” – Edmonton Sun, Edmonton

“McLeod’s observational sentiment is spot on” – Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg

“One of the most intelligent and dynamic performance poets on the globe.” – Chair, Spoken Word Canada

“Brendan McLeod is one of the best performers I have ever seen – powerful, moving, funny – absolutely brilliant!” Director, Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading, Sheffield, UK



“McLeod’s plot works away with quiet efficiency…a very personal addendum to the scariest of biblical parables.” – Globe and Mail

“(McLeod) has built a solid reputation as one of the country’s best spoken word performers. It turns out his command of language is just as strong on paper, however, as Leonard McKinley is an equally funny, disturbing and poignant tale of a young man struggling to reconcile his strong Christian faith with his increasingly dark impulses.” – Monday Magazine, Victoria

“Leonard is pretty creepy but the novel is good” –

“Brendan McLeod presents us with a protagonist who is at once mesmerizing and ridiculous, charming and offensive.” – Terence Young, Governor General’s Award Nominee