Current Writer-in-Residence


A poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, Bänoo has over 200 published poems and poetry related pieces as well as three books:

Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath
Songs of Exile
Letters to My Father

She is also the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions, (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions. 
Office hours: Tuesdays with previous appointment

Writing Circle: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Room 4-59 Humanities Centre, U of A Campus

The Writing Circle is a drop-in session for writers of all genres to work on their writing at any stage of development, whether writing a first draft, revision or editing, or even submitting to publications. It is open to writers from the U of A as well as the Edmonton/ Canadian/ international writing community.

Bring your writing instruments, pen and paper, laptop, and/or other electronic devices. 

March Writing Circle Facebook Link

Bänoo’s Public Appearances and Readings


So You Want to be Published?: Publishing Panel
March 16, 2023, 3 PM
Salter Room, Humanities Centre 3-95
Panelists: Jordan Abel, Thomas Wharton, & Bänoo Zan


Leduc Writing Hour
Saturday, March 18, 10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Leduc Public Library 



Shab-e She’r Poetry Open Mic @UofA
Open to poets writing in any language from U of A/ Edmonton/Canada/International community
Time: 6:30-8:45 PM MT
Place: Student Lounge, Arts/Convocation Hall, University of Alberta Campus, Edmonton
Open mic sign-up: 6:45 PM
Open mic set: 5 minutes (please rehearse to make sure you stay within the time limit)
Show: 7 PM
Dates: March 21, 2023, April 25, 2023
Shab-e She'r Poetry Open Mic March Facebook event page



SAVE THE DATE: On Tuesday, April 4th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, the Writer-in-Residence Program celebrates the 26th annual WiR exchange by hosting Leah Horlick, 2022-23 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary's Distinguished Writing Program. Join us for an evening of readings with Leah and Bänoo Zan, the 2022-23 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta. The free event will occur on North Campus, with location details are forthcoming. Visit the Facebook page and website for updates! Please direct any questions to

Please note: this event is in-person AND will be live recorded! Readers will use microphones, speakers, and lighting at this event.

For in-person attendees, this event is free, requires no registration, and offers snacks and refreshments. Face masks are strongly recommended on U of A campuses, especially in indooor high-traffic areas. Please visit this page for the U of A's measures about masks and where to get a free face mask on campus.

Access considerations: Please support us by refraining from wearing scented personal products. Printed documents of readings will be shared, so attendees may follow along. Readers will provide content notices before applicable readings. Further access information relevant to the venue will be provided at a later date.

About the Authors:

Leah Horlick is the author of three books of poetry. Her long-awaited, most recent collection Moldovan Hotel was released by Brick Books in spring 2021. Her debut, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), was shortlisted for both a ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second collection, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), was named a Stonewall Honor Title by the American Library Association in 2016. That same year, she won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, Canada’s only award for LGBT emerging writers.

Leah is also the author of wreckoning, a chapbook produced with artist Alison Roth Cooley and JackPine Press. In 2018, her piece “You Are My Hiding Place” was named Poem of the Year by ARC Poetry Magazine and shortlisted for inclusion in the 44th Pushcart Prize. For five years, Leah and her dear friend Estlin McPhee ran REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series. After many years away, she now lives where she grew up: as a settler on Treaty Six Territory and the homelands of the Métis in Saskatoon.

Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor, and poetry curator with more than 250 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books including Songs of Exile and Letters to My Father. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Canada’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012), a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions. Bänoo is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, Canada from September 2022 to May 2023. Find more on LinkedIn, FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Poetry, Peace, or Politics? A Recitation by Bänoo Zan

April 19, 2023, 7:00pm - 8:30pm MDT
cSPACE King Edward
1721 29 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, Canada T2T 6T7

Information and registration: Poetry, peace, or politics? A recitation by Bänoo Zan / University of Calgary ( 


Please check Bänoo Zan's social media for any last minute changes or cancellations re: the weekly Writing Circle or Shab-e She'r Poetry Open Mic @UofA
LinkedIn: Bänoo Zan | LinkedIn
Instagram: Bänoo Zan (@banoo.zan) • Instagram photos and videos
Facebook: Bänoo Zan | Facebook


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