Internationally renowned spoken word maven Sheri-D Wilson has eight collections of poetry; her most recent is Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe. Her collection Re:Zoom (2005, Frontenac House) won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award.

In 2011, she edited The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach (CSWS/BCP), an educational tool for teaching and writing spoken word. The cutting-edge website connected to this book presents a possible direction for electronic publishing in the future.

She has two spoken word CDs (arranged by Russell Broom), and four award-winning video poems including: Airplane Paula (2001), Spinsters Hanging in Trees (2002), all produced for BravoFACT.

In 2012, she was featured in Chatelaine magazine, in a story about the creative mind. A regular on CBC, she was interviewed in 2013 by Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers.

In 2011, she was honored to be presented by the National Slam of Canada in “Legends of Spoken Word.” Of the beat tradition, in 1989, Sheri-D studied at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado.

Awards Include: Alberta Readers Choice—Top Ten (2013), ffwd—Readers’ Choice Award (2007-2012), CBC Arts Top 10 Poets in Canada (2009), Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (2006), Global TV’s Woman of Vision Award (2006), National Slam SpoCan Award—Honored Poet (2005), Bumbershoot Heavyweight Title for Poetry USA (2003), Gold Award at the Houston Film Festival (2003), Three ACE awards (2003), AMPIA (2003, for best short or vignette), CBC Face-off (2002).

Community Leadership: A long-time advocate of small presses Sheri-D has had a lifetime desire to showcase the voice of all people.

  • Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Founder & Artistic Director (2003-2013)
  • Spoken Word Program @ Banff Centre, Founder & Director (2005-2012)
  • National Slam Calgary (SpoCan), Organizer (2008)
  • SWAN (Spoken Word Arts Network) Inventor & Organizer (2005, 2007)
  • Vancouver Small Press Festival, Founder & Artistic Director (1988-1990)