Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning Canadian novelist, biographer, poet, creative writing professor, magazine editor, and (now!) audio drama scriptwriter. Her latest book, Ghost Sick, a poetry collection exploring tragedy and resilience in the Toronto neighbourhood where she grew up, won the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her previous books include Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, Strange Times at Western High, Girls Who Bite Back, A Girl Like Sugar, Iron-on Constellations, and the Hugo Award-winning Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, a memoir co-authored with her grandmother, Merril.
Emily lives in Vancouver, where she teaches at the University of British Columbia’s School of Creative Writing. She founded Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth, and led workshops for adults living with severe mental illnesses and residents of Sagatay, a long-term transition home for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit men. She researched the benefits of community-based writing groups for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Toronto.
Emily has a long history of editing indie publications. At UBC, she started Young Adulting Review, which publishes thoughtful reviews of books for young readers. She’s the former editor/publisher of Kiss Machine: A Conga Line of Art and Culture, and a former editor of Broken Pencil.