My name is Sheryda. I currently live and work in Stockholm Sweden, though I would call Vancouver BC home. I spend a lot of time looking out the window of my 4th floor apartment at the vast Scandinavian sky. I’m a poet and a teacher. I’m inspired by photography, magazines, Swedish design and fashion, anything handmade. I indulge in good TV, good wine and good books. I attempt to highlight the remarkable qualities of any ordinary moment in my poems, the same way a film still isolates a meaningful gesture or symbol. I have a preoccupation with what I would consider life’s extraordinary details, and for this reason I keep notes on a daily basis.
My first Paperblanks blank journal was a gift. Because it was so beautifully made, I wanted to dedicate the space of its pages to something of vital importance. I had a hard time figuring out what that might be, and left the journal blank for a while before I realized I didn’t need to be so precious about it. It was a lovely writing journal, yes, but it was also durable, ready to be carted around and used. So I began making lists inside: art exhibits attended, bottles of wine drunk, movies I wanted to watch, books read, magazines I loved, restaurants I tried – the writing journal became not only an important reference, but a kind of cultural, personal record of my life at the time. Valuable then, invaluable now – a journal worth keeping.
I’m a very particular notebook user – the height of a line, the thinness of the paper, what kinds of paper absorbs the pen marks of my favourite pens and which are better for pencil are all taken into consideration. I write rough sketches of poems by hand, and then move to the computer when the ideas come together, so I very much believe in the livelihood of journal-keeping, and have returned again and again to Paperblanks for artful record-keeping.
Sheryda Warrener’s poems have appeared in Canadian journals such as The Malahat Review, EVENT, Antigonish Review, Grain, and The Fiddlehead, and in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets (Nightwood, 2004). She received a BFA from the University of Victoria in 2001, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2008.
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