Sheila’s PhD is entitled Poetic Inquiry Re-Claiming Authority: Writing through Shame, Grief, and Silence (University of Toronto, 2014).

Selected Publications

“The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Poetry and Settler Colonialism,” Poetic Inquiry as Social Justice and Political Response, S. Faulkner & A. Cloud, Eds. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2019.

“Poetry: Learning through embodied language,” Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization, S. Batacharya & Y.R. Wong, Eds. Athabasca University Press, 279-305, 2018.

“Christ Would Break Your Tongue” in Art / Research international: A Transdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 258-265, 2018.

“Lines of Linen, Lines of Knowing: Table Cloths and Stitches” in P. Sameshima, A. Fidyk, K. James, & C. Leggo (Eds.). Poetic inquiry: Enchantments of place (pp. 185-190). Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2017.

“Poetic attention: Openness to self and the world” in L. Butler-Kisber, J. J. Guiney Yallop, M. Stewart, & S. Wiebe (Eds.). Poetic inquiries of reflection and renewal: Poetry as research (pp. 11-15). Lunenberg, NS: MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, 2017.

“Poetry: The Edge of Knowing” in Creative Approaches to Research, Vol. 5, #2, 105-118, 2012.

The grief beneath your mothertongue: listening through poetic inquiry” in LEARNing Landscapes, Vol. 4, #1, 85-104, 2010.

“Laughter breaking out of brackets: a reflective practitioner research project about story and diversity,” originally in Literacies, #9, Autumn 2009. Reprinted in fine print: a journal of adult English language and literacy education, Australia, Vol. 32, #1, 30-32, Autumn 2009.

“Giving Space to Participate and Reflect: Adult Literacy Workers Doing Research-in-Practice,” with Guy Ewing, Learning Democracy by Doing. K. Daly, D. Schugurensky, & K. Lopes, Eds., Toronto: Transformative Learning Centre, OISE/UT, 333-340, 2009.

Powerful Listening: A Practitioner Research Project on Story and Difference in Adult Literacy. With Atkinson, T., Brehaut, M., Ewing, G., Gaikenzheyongai, S., Kuhlmann, M., Moriarty, M., Noel, A., and Sookermany, N. Toronto: Festival of Literacies, 2009.

“Stories that breathe. Opening windows and doors on learning and violence.” In Battell et. al. Moving research about addressing the impacts of violence on learning into practice. Edmonton, AB: Windsound Learning Society, 2008.