Sheniz Janmohamed is an author, artist educator and spoken word artist. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph, Sheniz has been mentored by authors Dionne Brand, Kuldip Gill and Janice Kulyk Keefer. Sheniz is also the founder of Ignite Poets, a spoken word initiative with an emphasis on collaboration, innovation and social awareness.
Sheniz has performed nationally and internationally for over 10 years, including features at the TedXYouth Conference (Toronto, 2010), the Jaipur Literature Festival (Jaipur, 2013) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, 2015). Her work has been published in various print and online journals and anthologies including West Coast Line, SUFI and Descant.
Her first book, Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010), is a collection of English ghazals that explores a woman’s journey through night. Throughout her journey, she is caught between West and East, religion and heresy, love and anti-love, darkness and the knowledge of light. Sheniz’s second collection of poetry, Firesmoke (Mawenzi House,2014) traces the inception and annihilation of sacred fire and explores the meaning of truth and the self, finding them both in form and emptiness.
Sheniz offers spoken word and creative writing workshops for children, youth and adults. Through Mariposa in the Schools, she has visited dozens of schools and libraries to teach and perform. Sheniz enjoys partnering with community organizations to develop tailored programs to respond to their unique needs. She assists participants in finding their voices, channeling their creativity, and collaborating together to create unique, meaningful work. Sheniz is also a Mentor-Artist at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.