An award-winning author, screenwriter, arts educator, editor and creative writing instructor, Emily Pohl-Weary has published a series of girl pirate comics, her own literary magazine, and seven books: poetry collection, Ghost Sick (Tightrope Books, 2015); young adult novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (Penguin Canada and Skyskape/Amazon, 2013); middle grade novel Strange Times at Western High (Annick Press, 2006); new adult novel, A Girl Like Sugar (McGilligan Books, 2004); poetry collection, Iron-on Constellations (Tightrope Books, 2007); anthology, Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (Sumach Press, 2004); and Hugo Award-winning biography, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril (Between the Lines, 2002). She is currently working on her next young adult novel.
Over the last decade, Emily co-founded the Academy of the Impossible, a community-based learning centre; led multiple writing groups, including the Toronto Street Writers for inner-city young adults, the Sagatay Men’s Writing Group for Aboriginal men living at Native Men’s Residence’s transitional home, and acted as writing mentor for the Dream Team, a group of psychiatric system survivors who advocate against stigmatizing people with mental health issues; and held positions as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Fraser Valley’s 2015 Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship, the Pierre Berton House in Dawson city, Yukon, and the Toronto Public Library system’s eWriter-in-Residence for Young Voices.
Emily holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She’s currently 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 community-based writing programs.