Elisabeth Blair


Montréal, QC
Quebec CA

Author's Bio

Elisabeth Blair is a poet, editor, and workshop leader with an extensive background in music and the visual arts. Her publications include full-length poetry memoir because God loves the wasp (Unsolicited Press 2022), two chapbooks—We He She/It (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and without saying (Ethel Press 2020)—and poems in a variety of journals, including Harpur PalateFeminist Studiescream city review, and Juked. She has been artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Wildacres, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and ACRE. She writes a monthly subscription newsletter, lullabies & alarms, about the craft of poetry. From 2018–21 she was honored to be a poetry workshop leader for the Burlington Writers Workshop. In 2022 she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete her second book, a poetry novel.

Publications & Prizes

because God loves the wasp (Unsolicited Press, 2022)
without saying (Ethel, 2020)
We He She/It (Dancing Girl Press, 2016)
Acumen Literary Journal
Dead Flowers
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Feminist Studies
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Lilliput Review
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The Literary Bohemian
Wicked Alice
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Prizes won: 
  • Research & Creation Grant Recipient, Canada Council for the Arts, August 2022. Funding for five months to complete my second book, a poetry novel
  • Finalist, Harbor Mountain Press Annual Manuscript Prize, March 2019, for my first book, because God loves the wasp

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Gwendolyn Brooks, Cherie Dimaline, Ocean Vuong, Warsan Shire, Juanita Casey, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Alice Oswald, Rita Dove, Tyehimba Jess, Morgan Parker, Heather McHugh, Tommy Pico, Alice Notley, Friederike Mayröcker, Virginia Woolf, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ursula K. LeGuin, T. S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson
What I'm reading now: 
Eternity Smith and Other Poems by Juanita Casey, Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell, Selected Poems by Colette Bryce, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

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American, Canadian, Feminist
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Immigration, Incarcerated individuals, Seniors, Veterans, Women
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Last update: Sep 08, 2022