Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, 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 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.
The driving idea behind the Sapling POET TREE literacy program - based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - is community building through creative production: primarily using written, performance, and audio-visual/visual art media to develop poetic arts. Sapling aims to bring people together in intersectionally complex and self-aware pursuit of meaningful artistic expression.
Sapling is funded by the Alberta Public Interest Research Group APIRG.
Through APIRG's grant support Sapling POET TREE has achieved the production of performance art pieces that feature spoken word poetry, creative talks, and the collection of portable audio recording equipment for use by its various members.
Productions and Talks include:
- Whiteface (Edmonton, Alberta)
Lady Vanessa Cardona &
- Equity & Diversity and Keeping Our Hip Hop Kulture in Check (1,2)
Lynx Sainte Marie
co-organized by Edmonton's Hip Hop in the Park Festival HHITPX
Sapling is also a partner of CreArt Edmonton https://www.creartedmonton.com/
This Ancient Adinkra (West African) symbol is designed to recall the ram horn in nature. It is a crucial part of the significance of Dwennimmen. It also lends my first book its title.
Dwennimmen aka Shima Aisha Robinson performs spoken word poem "Landing" at the Breath in Poetry Collective's open mic at the Nook Cafe in Edmonton AB, Canada.
Reach me regarding the programming and accessibility of the Sapling Poet Tree literacy program or for bookings and other inquiries...