Sheri-D Wilson is an internationally acclaimed poet, artistic director, playwright, performer, film-maker, educator, and producer born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.
Sheri-D Wilson has seven collections of poetry; her most recent, Autopsy of a Turvy World (2008, Frontenac House), was launched in April at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. Her last collection, Re:Zoom (2005, Frontenac House), won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit award. She has two Spoken Word CDs (arranged by Russell Broom), and four award-winning VideoPoems: Airplane Paula (2001), Spinsters Hanging in Trees (2002), Surf Rave Girrly Girrl (2004), and The Panty Portal (2008), all produced for BravoFACT.
She participated in the Action Poetry symposium at The Banff Centre, and in the 2000 Woman’s Project at The Playwright’s Workshop of Montreal. In 2000, she participated in Out Loud Live (PanCanadian Wordfest/Banff Centre Co-pro), now seen on the website www.outloudlive.org.
Her spoken word play, Adventures of the Trick-Riders: During the Apocalypse while Thinking of Jesus, premiered at the 2006 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary. Her jazz-play, Between Lovers: Poetry As For Play, premiered at the 2003 High Performance Rodeo and was also presented at The Belfry Theatre in Victoria. In 1998, she created and performed Classic Jam with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, and in 1997, she co-created and performed Boy Wonder with Ballet B.C. In 1991, Sheri-D’s spoken word play Confessions: A Jazz Play, directed by Teri Snelgrove, was performed at Tamahnous Theatre (Vancouver), published in Theatrum (Toronto), and nominated for four Jessie Awards (Vancouver).
A long-time advocate of Small Presses with the desire to highlight the voice of the people, from 1988-1990, Sheri-D co-founded and organized the Vancouver Small Press Festival, and the Commercial Street Art Festival for the Normal Art Society in Vancouver.
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. In 2008 the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary engaging over seventy artists over the entire month of April, making it the largest english-speaking Spoken Word festival in North America. Sheri-D is dedicated to creating a space for the expression of the under-represented voice - the voice of diversity and the possibilities of literacy in Alberta, Canada and the world.
Driven by the passion to connect people, voices, and ideas Sheri-D Wilson founded/organized SWAN (Spoken Word Arts Network, 2007, 2005) and is the program director of the Spoken Word program at The Banff Centre.
Sheri-D Wilson and the CISWF hosted/produced the National SLAM in November 2008.