Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza has lived on three continents and crossed numerous geographic, cultural and semantic borders. Her poetry collections are the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011), and milk tooth bane bone (2013), of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” 

Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2011 and continues to contribute to, and grow, the field of poetic inquiry. Her two master's degrees are in the areas of linguistics, literature and TESL/TEFL

In the literary community, Daniela facilitates workshops, mentors emerging writers, edits for journals and anthologies, judges contests, organizes and promotes events, collaborates with other artists, and performs her work. She also coordinates and co-hosts Twisted Poets Literary Salon, which has shined a light on hundreds of authors and their new books. 

Daniela's poetry has won contests and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize contest and Best of the Net Anthology numerous times. Last year, her essay Bringing the Roots Home was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. Daniela's latest poetry collection will be published by Mother Tongue Publishing in 2020, and her book on poetic collaborations is forthcoming with Caitlin Press. She is currently exploring her passion for the personal and lyric essay. 

Daniela lives in Vancouver and works as a writer-in-residence at the Bolton Academy for Spoken Arts. 

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