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. 

Bänoo’s Public Appearances and Readings

Feature Reading at Canadian Authors Series
MacEwan University, Jan 19, 2-3:20 PM, Building 7, Room 7-290, City Centre Campus,10700–104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Canadian Authors Series – Featuring Catherine Owen and Bänoo Zan - MacEwan University

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: January 31, 2023, February 28, 2023, March 21, 2023, April 25, 2023
Shab-e She'r Poetry Open Mic January Facebook event page

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