Sabrina Benhaim. Courtesy

Sabrina Benaim (born November 30, 1987) is a Canadian poet and performance artist.[1] Benaim was a winner of the 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam.[2] She is best known for her poem "Explaining My Depression To My Mother."[3]


Sabrina Benaim Interview Discussion about Mental Health, Poetry, and a New Book

Sabrina Benaim Interview Discussion about Mental Health, Poetry, and a New Book

Benaim was born in Toronto, Canada.

She is a dropout of Seneca Advertising College.[4]

At age 23, Benaim was found to have a benign tumor in her throat. She took to performance poetry as a way to cope with her health complications, and to raise awareness for issues like anxiety and depression.[5]

Benaim is well known for performing on the Button Poetry YouTube series.[6] She took off on social media through her poem "Explaining My Depression To My Mother."[3] She performed that poem at the National Poetry Slam semi-finals "for the first time, while low-key panicking." When the poem was later put on Button Poetry, it received over 5,000,000 views.[4]

From there she did a tour of Australia, connecting with many of her fans through her poetry, books, and other works which furthered the take off of her career.[7] >

Benaim was a member of Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Team, and a coach of the 2016 TPS team.[8] She also represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam.[9] She has written poetry for ESPNW and the Government of Canada. She made her television debut on Sport Chek.

Her debut collection, Depression, and other magic tricks, was released in August 2017,[10] and was a September book of the month from Canada's Indigo Books.[4]


Her poetry tackles socially relevant issues like mental health, family, and love.[11]


  • Championship of the 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam
  • Nominated for Goodreads Best Poetry 2017 Choice Awards.


Sabrina Benaim - "Explaining My Depression to My Mother"

Sabrina Benaim - "Explaining My Depression to My Mother"

Sabrina Benaim - "How to Fold a Memory"

Sabrina Benaim - "How to Fold a Memory"

  • Depression and Other Magic Tricks. Minneapolis, MN: Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press, 2017.[12]

Poems Edit

  • Explaining My Depression To My Mother (Genius) [3]
  • June (Button poetry)[13]
  • What I Told the Doctor (Genius) [14]
  • Hurdles/Dreams (Button Poetry)[15]
  • What I Told the Doctor the Second Time (Button Poetry)[16]
  • So, I’m Talking to My Depression (Button Poetry)[17]
  • The Slow Now (Button Poetry)[18]
  • The Loneliest Sweet Potato (Button Poetry)[19]

See alsoEdit



  1. "Sabrina Benaim" (in en). 
  2. "sabrina benaim Archives". 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sabrina Benaim – Explaining My Depression to My Mother" (in en). 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sabrina Benaim, How I Made It, Web, Nov. 3, 2019.
  5. July 10, CBC Radio ·. "How a tumour in her throat helped spoken word poet Sabrina Benaim find her voice | CBC Radio" (in en). 
  6. "SABRINA BENAIM // We’re Not Alone" (in en-US). 2018-05-03. 
  7. "SABRINA BENAIM 2018 | Destroy All Lines" (in en-US). 
  8. "Interview with Sabrina Benaim" (in en-US). 
  9. "Sabrina Benaim" (in en). 
  10. Depression and other magic tricks, Web, Nov. 3, 2019.
  11. "Sabrina Benaim Interview". Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  12. Search results = au:Sabrina Benaim, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Nov. 5, 2019.
  13. "Sabrina Benaim - "June"" (in en-US). 2018-06-08. 
  14. "Sabrina Benaim – "What I Told the Doctor"" (in en). 
  15. "Sabrina Benaim - "Hurdles / Dreams" (Button Live)" (in en-US). 2018-05-15. 
  16. "Sabrina Benaim - "What I Told the Doctor, the Second Time" (Button Live)" (in en-US). 2018-04-13. 
  17. "Sabrina Benaim - "So, I'm Talking to Depression..."" (in en-US). 2018-01-26. 
  18. Admin (2017-08-22). "Sabrina Benaim - "The Slow Now"" (in en-US). 
  19. Admin (2017-09-22). "Sabrina Benaim - "The Loneliest Sweet Potato"" (in en-US). 

External linksEdit

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