Sheri-D Wilson, D. Litt
Poet, Educator, Producer, Activist
Sheri-D Wilson has 11 collections of poetry; her most recent, The Book of Sensations. 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 3 Spoken Word CDs, and 4 award-winning VideoPoems including: Airplane Paula (2001) and Spinsters Hanging in Trees (2002), both produced for BravoFACT.
She constrains free forms into her own molds, making the female voice a transformative one.
- Broken Pencil
Kiss off Keats - Sheri-D Wilson finds feminine divine.
Welcome Poets & Poet Friends,
I’d like to thank the City of Calgary for appointing me to serve as Poet Laureate for Calgary, 2018-2020. Thus far, it’s been a dream job and I’m enjoying the ride. If you are interested in getting me involved in something, please contact me and let’s talk.
My Modus Operandi:
- To Explore, Discover & Express
- To facilitate others to find & claim their own song & to sing it
- The inclusion of all voices and ideas
- To cut through spiritual materialism
- To find an authentic voice
- To delve deeper into spirit, and
- To listen
Humanity + Love + Inclusion + Authenticity + Truth + Fierceness.
Often, I call upon personal narrative and story to address themes of social justice/ injustice, lost languages & violence against women and the earth. Rhythm is the heartbeat, the horse’s hoof and the lifeline of my work, and groove. One of my teachers once said, “Jazz is my Religion,” and to that I would add surrealism.
As always, I am grateful to follow in the footsteps of those who came before me—teachers, ancestors & groundbreakers—I thank and honor them as I continue to learn.
Poet Laureate of Calgary
Calgary Arts Development, 2018
Best Author/Poet Runner-up
Best of Calgary, 2018
Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 2017
Best of Calgary, 2017
Calgary Arts Award
City of Calgary, 2015
People's Choice Award
FFWD Weekly Magazine, 2007 - 2012
Writer Who Would Make the Best Lover!
Geist Magazine, Feb 2010
Top Ten Poet in Canada
CBC Arts News, May 2009
Nominated for 4 Rosie Awards
Panty Portal, 2008
Heart of a Poet
Half-Hour Documentary, 2007
Woman of Vision Award
Global TV, 2006
Heavyweight Title for Poetry USA