Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performance & teaching artist, whose home base is Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team, & in 2015, she represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam. Sabrina has written poems for ESPNW, The Government of Canada, & most recently, made her Canadian television debut with Sport Chek, writing & voicing the third instalment of their #WhatItTakes Olympic Manifesto video series. Sabrina enjoys breaking down stigma, women who help women, & the Toronto Blue Jays. She will accept any invitation to dance.
"I read this book on a day I couldn't get out of bed and it made me feel like I had a friend in the world. Slow-dancing with depression and heartbreak, the loss in Sabrina Benaim's poems arrives as a roadmap; a guide to finding ourselves in what we lose. The magic trick of this collection is that the language, wisdom, wonder and humor make even the most mundane moments of our lives feel possible, even gorgeous. Simply put, this book disappears loneliness." -- Andrea Gibson, author of Pansy
"In Depression & Other Magic Tricks, Sabrina Benaim has devised a maze of language that both prods and lulls the reader deeper into the tangle: "What is the name of a place that everyone can see is burning...& that place is not a place but a person." Unafraid to address the intangible murk of depression's stronghold in the face of grief, Benaim writes "when the sky fell...you would think i would have run." And aren't we all this surprised by what we will and will not do in the heat of our own undoing? It is a thing of courage to address the bottomless dark with whole words, to trumpet its omnipresence, to name it and not flinch." -- Jeanann Verlee, author of Said the Manic to the Muse