Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson, aka "The Mama of Dada" is an internationally recognized Poet, Educator, Producer and Activist, who has 9 collections of poetry, 2 CD's and four award-winning VideoPoems. In 2015 she was awarded with the City of Calgary Arts Award for her contributions as an artist and community activist.

Her most recent - 9th poetry collection, "OPEN LETTER: Woman Against Violence Against Women was nominated for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Award and the ReLit Award. In 2009 CBC Arts named her one of the top ten poets in Canada. In 2006 she won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Over the years she has also won Global TV's—Woman of Vision Award, National Slam—Poet of Honour Award, The Bumbershoot Heavyweight Title for Poetry USA, Gold at the Houston Film Festival, Three ACE awards, AMPIA for best short or vignette and the CBC Face-off.

Known for writing about issues like bullying, death, violence against women and the environment, she has been a featured artist in major festivals across Canada, United States, South Africa, Mexico, and Europe. She was the headliner at The 2014 Emerald Awards and in 2013 she was honored to read with David Suzuki. She's been featured in Chatelaine Magazine and a regular guest on CBC. She's been interviewed by Canadian icon Sheilah Rogers several times, and in 2007 Heart of A Poet made an hour long documentary about her work.

Of the beat tradition, in 1989 Sheri-D studied at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado.