|Mary di Michele|
Mary di Michele was born in Lanciano, Italy, in 1949 and immigrated to
Canada with her family in 1955. She was raised and educated primarily
in Toronto where she completed an honours B.A. in English literature
at the University of Toronto (1972) followed by an M.A. in English and
creative writing at the University of Windsor (1974). In the eighties
she worked as a freelance writer and editor for Toronto Life, Poetry
Toronto, and The Toronto Star. She is a currently a full professor in
the English Department of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada,
where she teaches in the creative writing program.
Her book publications include one previous work of prose fiction, Under My Skin, a Harper's Magazine Notable Book for 1994, and eight books of poetry. The 1990 poetry collection, Luminous Emergencies, was short-listed for the Trillium Prize. She has won numerous awards including the Air Canada Writing Award and first prize for poetry in the C.B.C. literary competition. She has held a number of writer-in-residencies including posts at the University of Toronto (1985-86) and the University of Bologna (May-August 2003). Her poems have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and Chinese.
There are three films where Mary di Michele is interviewed: That's Why I'm Talking (1984), Enigmatico (1994), and Mediterraneo Sempre (NFB) as well as a documentary portrait in Telelatino's Persona series. A monograph on her work, Mary di Michele, Canadian Writers and Their Works. Vol. 11, was published by ECW Press in 1995. A collection of essays on her writing is forthcoming from the Guernica Writers Series.
Her novel about the women in Caruso's life, Tenor of Love, was published by Viking in Canada, and Simon and Schuster in the U.S.A. in 2005.
Mary di Michele's latest book The Flower of Youth, is a collection of poems about the great writer and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. It was published by ECW Press in 2011. This book is shortlisted for the 2012 A.M. Klein prize for poetry.
Mary is part of a women's collaborative writing group "Yoko's Dogs".
Mary di Michele read at the 2012 Irving Layton Centenary: video