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"The pen was instrumental in seizing me..."

Instrumental - 2020-05-22, 6.56 PMDwennimmen
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HORN is the debut book of poetry by Dwennimmen aka Shima A. Robinson. It is both a collection of great courage and revelation as well as an exercise in representing a thirteen year spoken word career as a book of verse that pushes the reader to eschew convention and simply indulge in flow. HORN is also an audiobook, which was recorded by DJ Deadly Nedly and is available for purchase on The book is only available for purchase from the author and select local consignment stores. Please contact the author for locations. 

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The Bellow Project

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The Bellow Project is an album that arose from the writing of the chapbook titled BELLOWpublished in 2022 by Glass House Press and available for purchase at Glass Bookshop. Recorded in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan at Edmontone Studio, The Bellow Project is a deeply personal work of performance poetry captured in audio version with the accompaniment of local improvisational sound collective damn magpies who created sound worlds that qualify, enhance and amplify the meaning and tenor of each word spoken on the project. This collaboration was funded by the Edmonton Arts Council and is available for purchase on Thanks to everyone who helped to bring these works to life. Be well.

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Shima Aisha Robinson is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) born student, community builder, poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every literary and scholarly effort, 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. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language  to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Shima Aisha Robinson aka Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world. She is the author of two books including HORN, 2016, Denseverse (self published), and Bellow, 2022, Glass House Press. She works in the Arts as the Artistic Producer for the Edmonton Poetry Festival Society, and for the Fringe Theatre as the Learning and Outreach Manager. Shima is also the 10th Edmonton Poet Laureate.

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