• Sheryda Warrener

    Sheryda Warrener is a poet and award-winning teacher. She is the author of the poetry collections Hard Feelings (Invisible, 2010), Floating Is Everything (Nightwood, 2015), and Test Piece, forthcoming from Coach House Books this fall. You can read her work in literary journals online and in print in the Believer, Puritan, The Malahat Review, and others, and in the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry. She lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, where she is a lecturer in poetry and interdisciplinary forms in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Talks & Events

Approaches to Art Writing with Sheryda Warrener

April 21–June 2, 2022

A reimagined iteration of our Studio for Emerging Writers program, Approaches to Art Writing is a series of workshops that will be available to the general public. Workshop facilitators, dates, and details will be released consecutively, with sessions to take place between April and October, 2022.

To attend please book via Eventbrite. Each event will be limited to 12 people, in order to maintain appropriate health and safety protocol.


Correspondences: Experiments at the Intersection of Poetry & Art

April 21, 6-8pm
May 19, 6-8pm
June 2, 6-8pm
With Sheryda Warrener

In this workshop series, participants will explore various poetic modes and approaches to visual-textual combinations. How is text transformed when placed in relation to image? How does text meaningfully enhance an image? We’ll take an inquiry-based approach to experimentation, with the aim of activating formal possibilities and enlivening creative practice. Workshops can be taken independently of one another, or together. We encourage those with backgrounds in either or both poetry and image-making to sign up.

Thursday, April 21: Material Provocations

The English word “text” comes from Medieval Latin textus “style or texture of a work,” literally “thing woven,” from the past participle stem of textere: “to weave, to join, fit together, construct.” In this workshop, we’ll juxtapose physical materials in unexpected ways, then apply this approach to language, tracing the natural connections between text and textile.

Thursday, May 19: Active Archive

Inspired by Edith Young’s book of typologies, Color Scheme, we’ll explore the personal archive as “an engine that revs” creative practice. Participants will share their own selected collections of objects, then use these as visual-material provocations for a generative writing practice.

Thursday, June 2: Writing That Is Also Drawing

How is a map or a diagram simultaneously a poem and an artwork? Our experimental approach will be inspired by readings from interdisciplinary artists working at the intersections of poetry, prose, and image-making, including Renee Gladman and Amy Sillman.