About Emily

Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary has published six books, a series of comics, and a literary magazine.

Her most recent novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, was published by Penguin Razorbill (Canada) and Skyscape (U.S.A.) in fall 2013.

She’s currently writing another teen novel, finishing a collection of poetry, and revising a feature film screenplay, Life on the Edge, which received financing from Astral Media’s Greenberg Fund.

In 2008, Emily founded the 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. Her workshops focus on writing skills, creative empowerment, learning tools for conflict-resolution, and finding our own unique voices.

In December 2011, she and Jesse Hirsh 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.

Her many writing-related jobs have included:

  • 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, and
  • translator of “action alerts” for press freedom organization CJFE/IFEX.

Emily holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She’s slowly working toward a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with supervisor Jack Quarter. Her research  is on how community-based writing groups can empower people who’ve been marginalized.