grief’s workshop

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 12 2019 | Comment now »

My poem grief’s workshop is forthcoming in the anthology  A Journey Across New Westminster by Word: A Poetry of Place. 

Thank you to the editor Alan Hill for including it.

literary echoes

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 26 2019 | Comment now »

I was browsing through my bookshelf looking for a reference and came upon this editorial comment by the guest editor James Hatley in a special issue he edited for Environmental Philosophy called Species of Thought: In the Approach of a More-than-Human World (Volume V, Issue II, 2008). I am so grateful to his perceptive reading and for his insight. It is very rewarding when what I hope to do with poems and my form comes through in thoughtful reading.

“How greatly must human language be stretched, how creative must we become in both our perceiving and our speaking, if we are to witness responsibly the living world? Daniela Elza’s poem “In the Eye of the Crow” comes … as an exemplar of another sort of writing and subjectivity that might be more in line with that of Mowat with sustaining our responsibilities to the living world. Among the innovative features of her poem, Elza asks that its open verse structure be read in all possible directions on the page. In requesting this of her readers, she is moving them to a more radical responsibility in regard to the words she has offered on behalf of a crow. She is also breaking open any controlling narrative structure by which the hold upon another living entity’s world might be solidified.”
—James Hatley, Salisbury University

sweet water

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 31 2019 | Comment now »

My poem Our Own Lemon Creek will be published in the Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds.  
The anthology’s edited by Yvonne Blomer. This is the second volume in the series after Refugium: Poems for the Pacific.

Terrible Twosdays

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 09 2019 | Comment now »

A little story I wrote from a long time ago about a visit to the doctors office with my son, is up on Terrible Twosdays today. You can read it here: C.heckmate.
Yes, it was a long time ago, and originally this story got some love at OCW (One Cool Word) magazine.

watershed anthology

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 26 2019 | Comment now »

My poem Our Own Lemon Creek has been accepted for inclusion in the yet to be named Poems for the Watershed anthology. This will be volume two following Refugium: Poems for the Pacific. It is due out in the Fall of 2020.

I am also currently working on my manuscript that is slated for publication in April 2020. It has been a difficult time to pull on all these poems and decide if they are ordered right, if they say what I want them to eventually amount to saying.

Ok, back to work on it now. Deadline to hand it to the publisher is at the end of this week.

Patio days have come and I just pray the fires a less this year and the air is easier to breathe.

latest poem in print

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 25 2019 | Comment now »

My poem blank canvases on display is featured in this issue of Event Magazine (48.1). Thank you to the editors who did a great job with the lay out and the art that is on the page facing the poem. It goes so well with the themes of the poem.

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third year in a row

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 25 2019 | Comment now »

Third year in a row I am delighted to hear that one of my students got placed in the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize (The League of Canadian Poets Contest for Youth). In three years five of my students have won and been recognized at this contest for their poems.

This year Jonathan Chu won first place in the junior category with his poem All Purple.

His other poem, Jia,got an Honourable Mention.


Way to go Jonathan! The dedication you show for your writing is admirable.



every month is poetry month

Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 01 2019 | Comment now »

Happy Poetry Month! Hope to see some of you and celebrate! I will be reading on April 4th. See for details below. Maybe I will see you there. The theme for this month selected by the League of Canadian Poets is Nature. Let’s celebrate her too. Here are the details:

  • April 4th, 2019 (Thursday), 7-9pm.
    Join us on Thursday April 4th for readings across the poetic spectrum. Featuring: Kevin Spenst, Kayla Czaga, Raoul Fernandes, Daniela Elza Also reading: Rhea Tregebov, Danny Peart, Jane Munro, Emily Davidson.
    Location: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6P 2N4.

March 17th

Posted by Daniela Elza on Mar 16 2019 | Comment now »

I will be reading tomorrow at Poetic Justice (Poetry New West)

2pm sharp
@ The Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster

features
Michelle Barker & Daniela Elza

poetry month

Posted by Daniela Elza on Mar 07 2019 | Comment now »

April is Poetry Month in Canada. And I am glad to begin the month with a poetry reading at the Historic Joy Kogawa House (1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6P 2N4). Join us Thursday April 4th, at 7pm for readings across the poetic spectrum. Featuring: Kevin Spenst, Kayla Czaga, Raoul Fernandes, Daniela Elza Also reading: Rhea Tregebov, Danny Peart, Jane Munro, Emily Davidson.

There will be food, drinks, music, laughter, bookstore… All poets, their friends, and family are welcome. (Bring food, drinks or $2 donation to the Vancouver Foodbank)
Come and celebrate with us.