Sheri-D Wilson’s Poetry and QR Codes

“Technology has finally caught up with Calgary poet Sheri-D Wilson’s fertile mind, and the brainchild is a “crazy interactive opus” entitled Goddess: Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe, a collection of verse that incorporates QR codes into the text. The pixelated black-and-white squares carrying embedded hyperlinks activated through mobile phones are by now a familiar tool of advertising, but here the cryptic boxes serve a grander, more ambitious (and fun) purpose — to lift readers off the page.” – ffwd weekly

Sheri-D Wilson’s recent poetry book uses QR codes and even while we articulate how it works as a whole, she continues to develop the story. The codes lead to ever-changing content – more and different audio, video, pictures, poems, comments. You can even co-create poetry with the Mama of Dada once you tap in to the codes.

As Sheri-D explained to a Chatelaine writer in a recent article called ‘Unleash the Power of Your Mind,’ “I’d been reading about the codes in a technology magazine, and it hit me: I could change the parameters of my book,” she says. “Instead of being static, it could be a framework for performance – the reader actually gets to ‘go fishing.’”

Fishing for a map of the universe – Sheri-D style – is about discovering a map of the self, our place in it and how we can create change. Along the journey, one discovers places of collective wisdom and the power of the feminine divine.

Sheri-D Wilson has published 8 collections of poetry. Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe (Frontenac House) is the most recent. It was launched in March, 2012. One of her earlier collections published by Frontenac House, Re:Zoom, won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award. In 2011 she edited The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach (CSWS/BCP), which launched its interactive website on February 15 of this year.

Sheri-D has also produced two Spoken Word CDs and four award-winning VideoPoems, all produced for BravoFACT. She is a regular on CBC & CKUA radio, and has performed around the world, from Canada and the USA to Africa and Europe. This spring she performed in London and Barcelona.

Sheri-D has been the Artistic Director/Producer of the Calgary Spoken Word Festival since 2003, she organized SWAN (Spoken Word Arts Network) in 2005 & 2007, produced the 2008 National Slam of Canada in Calgary, and from 2007 – 2011 was the Program Director of the Spoken Word Program at Banff Centre. She has served on many committees for the League of Canadian Poets, and was on National Council for the Writers Union of Canada. In 2006 The National Slam presented her with the Poet of Honour Award. Since then, Sheri-D produced and hosted the Calgary Monthly Slam, until The Ink Spot Collective took over the reins in January 2012. Sheri-D organizes and hosts the Youth Slam at the Calgary Library the second Saturday of every month.

Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe
By Sheri-D Wilson
Published by Frontenac House
Paperback $19.95 978-1-897181-60-7

Sheri-D Wilson is available for interviews from Calgary, AB. For further information, contact Lyn Cadence at, 403.465.2345