Edmonton Poetry Festival is thrilled to announce that we have chosen Shima Robinson (also known as Dwennimmen) as our new Artistic Producer, who will take over management of the festival from outgoing Executive Director Nisha Patel.

Shima Robinson (Dwennimmen)Shima Aisha Robinson is an amiskwaciy-w√Ęskahikan (Edmonton – Treaty 6) born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every poem and pursuit, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning, and wisdom. She brings a wealth of experience in program development and community work to the Edmonton Poetry Festival. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She is thrilled to be stepping into the role of Artistic Producer with the Edmonton Poetry Festival and looks forward to reconnecting, fostering community, and celebrating poetry together in ways that are fun, innovative, and accessible.

Please join us in welcoming Shima to the festival.