The Diana Brebner Prize is awarded yearly for the best poem written by a National Capital Region poet who has not yet been published in book form. The prize honours the late Diana Brebner, an award-winning Ottawa-based poet who was devoted to fostering literary talent among new, local writers.
This year, Sheniz Janmohamed is joining Arc Poetry Magazine to help us celebrate emerging poets through this prize.
Sheniz Janmohamed (MFA) is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity. In her own practice, she strives to embody words through performance, land art and writing in the ghazal form. A poet, artist educator and land artist, Sheniz has performed her work in venues across the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Aga Khan Museum.
Sheniz is also the author of two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014), both of which have been taught at the University of Toronto. Her writing has been published in a variety of publications, including Quill & Quire, CV2, Arc Poetry Magazine and Canadian Literature.
Sheniz visits dozens of schools and community organisations each year to teach, perform, and inspire creativity in students and seniors. She is the recipient of the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship, and holds a Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).
Sheniz is also the founder of Questions for Ancestors, a blog that features BIPOC artists who ask questions of their ancestors and provide advice for their descendants.
Her third collection of poetry, Reminders on the Path (2021), is forthcoming with Mawenzi House.
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