poetic pairings

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jan 12 2024 | Comment now »

I will be pairing up with Onjana Yawnghwe in this event of collaboration and connection between two poets.  You are cordially invited.
Featured Poets:
Mary Duffy & Sita Carboni
Daniela Elza & Onjana Yawnghwe
J. C. Cortens & Timothy Shay

Thursday February 29, 2024
Time: 7:00 – 8:45 pm
Location: Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery,
Jewish Community Centre
950 41st Ave W., Vancouver, BC


poetry contest! submit!

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jan 08 2024 | Comment now »

I will be the judge for the 2024 Poetry Contest run by the Delta Literary Arts Society.  It is now open for SUBMISSIONS.

Deadline is March 27. Check out the website (www.dlas.ca) for submission details.

The results will be announced on April 20th, 2024, during the COMPOSED Festival. The festival was previously known as UNBOUND Poetry Festival.

Good luck!

what do you do again?

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jan 03 2024 | Comment now »

Happy New Year!

My essay on precarious work called: What do you do again? is finally out in the world. Just hot off the press in the latest/ winter issue of the Queen’s Quarterly, Vol. 130, #4.

It took a few years for it to find a home, but it is now even more relevant.

If you get a chance to give it a read, let me know your thoughts.

I wish you all a creative spirit which helps you thrive amidst the uncertainties, and work that skews the world’s arc toward justice.


Arc Award of Awesomeness

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 23 2023 | Comment now »

My poem Vancouver, 2023 just won the September Arc Award of Awesomeness. Thank you to the judge  Susan Gillis for selecting it. The theme of the month was “Haze.”

Susan Gillis said the following about the poem: “I love how “Vancouver, 2023” speaks to its namesake in the city’s own forms, crowding and blocking and isolating its ferocious language on the page. The glamorous natural setting is shoved into one short phrase; even the title, referencing a point in time, suggests the haze of alienation is trending toward obliteration. Wow!”

You can give the poem a read here.


The two honourable mentions are: “A 4-letter word meaning…” by Archer Lundy, and “unfinished” by Maria Gacesa.

October contest is open for another week. This month’s award is judged by Nancy Jo Cullen, and the theme is “Geographies.” Email them your poem(s) or hurry and pop them in the post with a toonie. All poems postmarked before the deadline will be considered!


Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 23 2023 | Comment now »

A sequence of poems titled con/versions from my latest manuscript has made the long list of the Vera Manuel Award for Poetry 2023.

The First, Second and Third Place Winners and three Honorable Mentions will be announced on November 10th, and the awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 25 in Surrey, British Columbia. Each award promises $1000 for the First Place Winner.

poems in the heart of the city

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 07 2023 | Comment now »

I will be sharing some poems which places in 2023 Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize at Heart of the City Festival on
Saturday November 4, 6:30pm-8pm (Free event)
@ InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings (entrance on Carrall)
There will be an open mic for poets, especially for those who knew Muriel.
Organizers: Isabella Mori and Kyle Hawke. MC: Caroline Low.

Join Gilles Cyrenne, Daniela Elza and other winners in the launch of this year’s Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize chapbook! Muriel’s Journey celebrates the legacy of Muriel Marjorie, well-known DTES poet, actor and activist, who delighted in tackling things from an unusual, makes-you-wake-up-and-listen point of view.

Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize 2023 Chapbook Launch
This unique poetry prize celebrates the legacy of Downtown Eastside poet-activist Muriel Marjorie by requiring community activism by entrants as its only submission fee. Join us as the winners of the fourth annual Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize are announced and the winning authors read their poems.

If you cannot come in person, you can still listen to poems from all who placed in the contest @  Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize Awards, Word Vancouver.


Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 18 2023 | Comment now »

I was looking for my poem called symmetry, to send to a friend in answer to how I felt about the topic, when I came across a blog that had had some fun thinking with the poem.


Delightful when people engage this deeply with my work. You can read it here. 

It was initially published in ditch, poetry that matters – a site that no longer seems to be live, or at least the link do not seem to work.


Erosion: Inter/ruption of Home

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 12 2023 | Comment now »


Erosion: The Inte/ruption of Home

On Thursday, Sept. 14th at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, Caitlin Press, Mother Tongue Publishing, and Raven Books in celebrating the work of Adrienne Fitzpatrick, Daniela Elza, and Ian Thomas.

Erosion encompasses the environmental impacts on home, as well as the emotional and spiritual. Erosion can be subtle, not even noticeable and then suddenly devastating. Inte/ruption disrupts the flow, alluding to the breaking apart of the narrative of home.

Register here  (registration is free and required for entrance).

For more information on the event and books and for bios you can go to Massy Arts page here.

To access the FB event link click here.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

remnants of place

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 24 2023 | Comment now »

I will be joining Stephen Collis, Betsy Warland, and Natalie Lang in this event at Massy Arts for the launch of Remnants of Place. I will read some poems and very much look forward to connecting. Details below. FB event with more info and bios here. And the event info is also up on Massy Arts website, here.

SATURDAY, July 29, AT 6 PM – 8 PM
Remnants of Place: Natalie Virginia Lang
Location: 23 East Pender Street,Vancouver,V6A 1S9,CA

Through poetic prose, Lang meditates on the social, historical, cultural, and environmental losses suffered at the hands of infringement upon natural areas. Natalie Virginia Lang will be joined by Guests Stephen Collis, Betsy Warland and Daniela Elza.

Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 15 2023 | Comment now »

It was an honour to find out that my poem Adver/city  won first place in the 5th Annual Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize. Click here for more on the prize. And here is their FB page.

These poems have been hard to write. I am glad to see they are walking their path. I hope they stir up some dust in the process and forge their own path.

All the winners will be published in a chapbook and will be reading their winning poems at Word, Vancouver on September 9th, 2023 from 2:30-4pm. This will be an online event, click here for more details and to watch the streaming on youtube.

Thank you to the judges who worked on selecting the winners, and congratulation to all the other winners and honourable mentions.