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Calgary: Sheri-D Wilson & C.R. Avery

August 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


One Night Only

Sheri-D Wilson & C.R. Avery


August 08

Shelf Life Books

7:00 PM


Calgary, AB (July 31, 2017) Two Canadian Icons for One Night Only!

A celebration of two new books by two of the hottest spoken word artists in the country. She will launch her 10th book of poetry, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press) which is the first book in their new, Brave and Brilliant Series. And he will launch his 4th book, what men do with their mouths.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri-D Wilson | 403.686.4292 |



About  Sheri-D Wilson & C.R. Avery:

Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world. Shas read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.

In her poems, Wilson uses personal narrative to address themes of personal story, social justice, lost languages, bullying, violence against women and the earth.


Her tenth collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

Recipient of: 2015 City of Calgary Award * 2015 Writer-In-Residence (Kwantlen University) * 2013 CBC Top 10 Poets in Canada * 2009 Ted Talk * 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * 2005 SpoCan Poet of Honour * People’s Choice * 2006 Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * 2003 USA Heavyweight Title * 5 Jessie Nominations * Ace Award.

Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 article in Chatelaine Magazine, a 2012 TED Talk, and the subject of a half-hour documentary called Heart of a Poet. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC.

Founder/Director: Calgary Spoken Word Festival (2003-2014) Spoken Word Program | The Banff Centre (2005-2012)


C.R. Avery

what men do with their mouths

Bio by P. Smith


cue the frenzied combo of molar and spit.

his tongue touches every chroma on its way to blue.

he’s been rinsing with gravel, flossing with wire

and chewing brick again, he’s been a bad, bad boy.

but he is crackerjack conjurer of washboards and

rubber, even suburb girls welcome the twinging. i

want to nibble yesterday’s corona from his chin, rub

my index finger along the surface of his laugh, pull

the maw open to check the slick road of his throat

there’s something illegal going on down there, the

sweet keening of ancient instruments. the orchestra

is fidgety, click-hipped, steaming inside that skin.

the boy opens the beauteous and, in gut rendering,

words become both otherwise and everything.




” …riveting & rewarding.”

– Lonesome Highway Magazine ( Ireland)


” …a cultural magpie who’s impossible to pidgin whole.”

– Net Rhythm Magazine  ( Scotland)


” …imagine if Neil Young was inspired by hip-hop.”

– Vancouver Sun ( CAN )


” …their mix of high art & low brow amounted to the ultimate rock show. ”

– Exclaim! Magazine ( CAN )


” … audacious & astounding ”

– London Time out Magazine (Uk)


” like a collaboration between Beck & The Beastie Boys at their most experimental cross roads”   – Music Guide ( US )


” first there was The Beats, then Hunter S. Thompson, now there’s C.R. Avery. ”

– Kruger Magazine (UK)



August 8, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Shelf Life Books


Shelf Life Books
1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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