Sheniz Janmohamed

Author's Bio

Sheniz Janmohamed is a freelance writer, poet and spoken word artist. A graduate of The University of Toronto (B.A. with Honours in English and Religion), she has also completed her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at The University of Guelph—her thesis is a multi-genre exploration of her identity as a second generation South Asian Canadian and how it relates to ancestry in Kenya and India. Sheniz is the founder and president of Ignite Poets, a spoken word youth initiative that promotes peace and social awareness through poetry. She recently traveled to Kenya to establish the Kenyan branch of Ignite Poets, work with local artists and musicians and raise money for the Hawkers Market Girls Centre in Nairobi. Her first book, Bleeding Light (TSAR), released in September 2010, is a collection of Sufi-inspired ghazals that explore the complex, nuanced and ever-changing relationship between the lover and the Beloved.

Publications and Prizes

Bleeding Light
(TSAR Publications, 2010)
Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology of Asian American Women's Poetry
(Deep Bowl Press, 2008)
Misunderstandings Magazine, Poetry Canada Magazine
DISHOOM! South Asian Performance Festival, Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St, Toronto)
, For Haiti (Markaz Shisha Lounge, 222 Richmond Street W, Toronto)
, Hersterics, Toronto Women's Bookstore (73 Harbord Street, Toronto)
, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Festival, The Fountain Room, Queen Elizabeth Building, CNE
, Mini Shebang High School Tour, Dreamwalker Dance Company (Various high schools in Toronto)
, Toronto Poets Saturday Night Love (Ritz Caribbean Restaurant, Toronto)
, Underground Sounds, The Central (603 Markham St, Toronto)
, Word, An Aerial Poetry Jam (326 Carlaw Avenue,Toronto)

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
South Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Toronto, Canada
Raised in: 
Toronto, ON, Canada
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Last updated: Dec 03, 2010