Shima A. Robinson (Dwennimmen)

Shima Aisha Robinson (aka Dwennimmen) is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (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 looks forward to reconnecting, fostering community, and celebrating poetry together in ways that are fun, innovative, and accessible.