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Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary)

Sheri-D Wilson
Photo by Peggy Walden

Poet, performer, film-maker, educator, producer and activist

Sheri-D Wilson has 7 collections of poetry; her most recent, Autopsy of a Turvy World(Frontenac House), was launched in April 2008.  Her collection Re:Zoom (2005, Frontenac House), won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award. She has 2 Spoken Word CDs (arranged by Russell Broom), and 4 award-winning VideoPoems: Airplane Paula(2001), Spinsters Hanging in Trees(2002), Surf Rave Girrly Girrl (2004),and The Panty Portal (2008),all produced for Bravo!FACT.  Her awards include: Global TV's Woman of Vision Award (2006), SpoCan Award (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), and the CBC Poetry Face-Off (2002).  She has performed at Voix d’Amériques 2008,‘05(Montreal), Bumbershoot 2003, ‘99, ‘92, ‘91, ‘89(Seattle), Vancouver International Writers Festival 2002, ‘00, ‘95, ‘93, ’90 (Vancouver), The World Poetry Bout 2002 (Taos, New Mexico), Poetry Africa 2001 (South Africa), WordFest 2008, 2000, ’95 (Calgary, Banff), Harbourfront Reading Series 1993(Toronto), Small Press Festival 1990 (New York City). Of the beat tradition, in 1989 Sheri-D studied at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, in Boulder, Colorado.  Since founding the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival in 2003, Sheri-D has worked at quantum velocities to present one of the most respected Spoken Word Festivals in Canada. Driven by the passion to connect people, voices and ideas she founded/organized SWAN (Spoken Word Arts Network, 2007, 2005) and is the Program Director of the Spoken Word Program at Banff Centre.




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