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.
She 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, creative writing and digital media arts workshops for children, youth and adults. A recipient of the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship, Sheniz has visited dozens of schools and libraries to teach and perform. She enjoys partnering and consulting with community organizations to develop tailored programs to respond to their unique needs.
Sheniz is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity. In her own practice, she strives to embody her words through performance, mandala-making and writing in the ghazal form.
Sheniz currently serves as a Mentor-Artist for the Digital Media Arts Program at the Royal Conservatory, Education Instructor at the Varley Art Gallery, and Artist-Educator at Mariposa-in-the-Schools.