Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary has published six books, a series of girl pirate comics, and her own literary magazine.
Her most recent novel for teens, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, was published by Penguin Razorbill (Canada) and Skyscape (U.S.A.) in fall 2013.
A new collection of her poetry, Ghost Sick, will be released in November 2014. She’s currently writing a new teen novel, and revising a feature film screenplay, Life on the Edge, which received financing from Astral Media’s Greenberg Fund.
Emily has a passion for leading creative writing workshops that focus on writing skills, creative empowerment, learning tools for conflict-resolution, and finding your unique voice. For more than five years, Emily ran Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth in the neigbourhood where she grew up. For three years, she also led a weekly writing workshop for residents of Sagatay (Na-Me-Res), a long-term transitional home for First Nations, Metis and Inuit men.
In December 2011, she co-founded the Academy of the Impossible, a community learning center in Toronto where people teach each other how to achieve their dreams through innovative artistic, technological, social and literacy programs. It is now a mobile series of workshops and talks.
In the past, her many writing-related jobs have included:
- grant-writer for arts-based non-profit organizations,
- acquisitions editor for McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s English textbooks,
- editorial copyeditor at Now Magazine,
- editor/publisher of literary conga line Kiss Machine (for eight years),
- co-editor of Broken Pencil magazine,
- translator of “action alerts” for press freedom organization CJFE/IFEX, and
- public speaking coach.
Emily holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She’s slowly working toward a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her scholarly research is on how community-based writing groups can empower people who have been marginalized or experienced trauma.