photo credit: Val Zink

Shayna Stock is a performance poet, facilitator, bicycle enthusiast, and community organizer. A prairie settler who grew up on the shores of Lake Huron, she thinks a lot about gender, privilege, community-based responses to violence, and breakfast. Shayna has been performing her poetry on local and national stages since 2011. She was the Artist-in-Residence at the Creative City Centre in 2013/14, and participated in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Spoken Word Program in 2014. Lately, she divides her extra-curricular time between gardening, poetry, fighting colonialism and patriarchy, riding bikes with friends, and cuddling her partner and two dogs.

An avid community organizer, Shayna founded Regina’s spoken word series Word Up!, and co-founded the Killjoy Club – a collective of artist-organizers that provides platforms for creative feminist expression and community-building.

Shayna has facilitated workshops in spoken word, creative writing and journal writing for numerous organizations including the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Big Sisters, the University of Regina, Camp fYrefly, the Regina District School Board, UR Pride, and Rainbow Youth Centre. She also sometimes offers classes, workshops and retreats independently. With an emphasis on process over product, she works interactively with participants, helping them to access creativity at its very source and work through stifling forces like the inner critic. Her work stems from the belief that we are all inherently creative, and that accessing personal and collective creativity is a critical first step toward a more just, balanced and healthy society.

Based in Regina but willing to travel or work remotely, Shayna welcomes invitations to perform and/or facilitate workshops at schools, youth groups, women’s groups, festivals, professional development events, etc., and to open for touring musicians. Just email or call (306)569-6040 to get in touch.

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