Shadya Yasin is a published poet and spoken word artist. She has been writing since high school, and is currently a participant in the collective The Blocks Own Voice. Her work incorporates the injustices that people face in their daily lives, the essence of spirits and nature, and the dominating question at the present time—Identity. She has performed in York University and the Irie Festival in Nathan Philip Square. She has worked in collaboration with spoken word Artists Spin and Motion in facilitating workshops for the emerging collective poets The Blocks Own Voice. Shadya has participated with the African Theatre Ensemble in preparation for the Canadian Premiere of Wole Soyinka’s famous play of “Death and the King’s Horseman”. She also worked with a number of arts projects with children and youth, in collaboration with the AGO.
Shadya did a practicum with Jumblies as part of her course of studies in York University’s CAP (Community Arts Practice) Program, as part of which she facilitated poetry-writing workshops for Jumblies’ Mabelle Youth Project and playing the young Hawa Jibril in Bridge of One Hair.