• 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

Studio for Emerging Writers II

June 1–April 1, 2018

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Artspeak invites submissions for its second STUDIO FOR EMERGING WRITERS. Led by Vancouver writer SHERYDA WARRENER, the aim of the studio is to facilitate a dialogue with post-secondary/recent graduate students ages 18–24 from the visual art and creative writing disciplines to address the problems and pleasures of using language as both a mode of communication and an art medium. Specially tailored for students who are engaged with language as medium, and/or who are interested in its narrative and poetic possibilities.

How has text been incorporated into the field of art, and to what effect? How can art and writing positively influence each other to evolve new forms and modes of speaking? What shape can this inquiry take? Through collaborative creative acts, studio and gallery visits, workshops, and close readings of selected works, writers will explore the shapes and modes that came before, and the as-yet-unspeakable, as-yet-unspoken.

The studio will span the course of ten months, beginning at the end of May 2017 through March 2018. Participants will receive an honorarium for their contributions. A collection of the writing generated over the course of the studio will be published and launched in Spring 2018.

This studio emphasizes collaborative, experiential learning. Interested writers will be willing to enter into a discussion with genuine curiosity and a spirit of generosity and sharing. Applicants should submit a portfolio, including an introduction and brief statement of interest (max. 1 page), as well as a selection of work (2 – 4 samples of creative/critical writing), via email to

Individuals with diverse writing sensibilities, educational, and cultural backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Artspeak gratefully acknowledges the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement program for their support of this initiative.