Sheniz Jahanmohamed

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Sheniz Jahanmohamed PhotoSheniz Janmohamed is an author, spoken word artist and artist educator. She is the founder of Ignite Poets, a spoken word initiative with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation… She is also the Artistic Director of the Sufi Poets Series, a bi-annual series that aims to revive sufi poetry through contemporary performance. She has been featured at the TedXYouth Conference (Toronto, 2010), Indian Summer Festival (Vancouver, 2012) and the Jaipur Literature Festival ( India, 2013). She has been published in a variety of journals including West Coast Line, Catamaran Literary Reader and SUFI Journal. Her first book, Bleeding Light (TSAR), a collection of English ghazals, has been taught in Canadian academic institutions including York University and the University of Toronto. Her second book of poetry, Firesmoke, will be released this fall (2014). Sheniz also visits schools across Ontario through Mariposa in the Schools, an organization that brings spoken word into the classroom.