in person launch of “slow erosions”

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 06 2022 | Comment now »

Finally, I will get to launch this little book in person.

Here are more of the details.

I will also read from another chapbook – emblem of minutes – which is a collaboration between music and a number of poets, and was handmade by Kevin Spenst, who is also organizing this event. Thank you, Kevin.


send in your chapbooks

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 06 2022 | Comment now »

I will be one of the judges for the 2023 Raven Chapbooks Contest.

For submission details and instructions visit the website.

poetry in canada project

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 15 2022 | Comment now »

A group of people are working hard on the Poetry in Canada Project. Check it out. Poems, bios, and Poetics Statements. by Canadian authors. A bookshelf of treasures.

Here is my contribution of three poems (one each from three of my books), a poetics statement, and bio. 

Photo credit for my photo on the website goes to Robin Susanto.


Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 28 2022 | Comment now »

My poems the scent of nettles and in the child footsteps of light are finally out in this anthology that had a long birthing process. Thank you to the editors who stuck with it through think and brought this baby into the world.

market arguments

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 22 2022 | Comment now »

My essay on fighting for our affordable homes landed in my mailbox today. It is in the Summer 2022 issue of the Queens Quarterly.

Here it is. It took a lot out of me to write this. Spent most of the fall of 2021 working on it, after the battle at City Hall in October.

Market Arguments Do Not Work for Those Who Cannot Take Part in the Market.

If you get a chance to give it a read, I would love your thoughts on it.

from page to stage

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 10 2022 | Comment now »

In March I read for the Belfast International Page and Stage series.  They just published an interview with me in four parts. Here is the link to the first part and at the bottom of each part there is a click to go to the next part. Here are the links to each of the four parts in case that is more useful.

Part 1 – An Eclectic Childhood 

Part 2 – The Background to the Collections 

Part 3 – Inhabiting the Poem

Part 4 – Writing New Collections


If you are on FB you can listen to the March reading  here. I come on at about 15 min into the reading.
Context: I had just arrived to the place where I teach and was settling into a small room I booked in the library. Coincidentally, some of my students are in the room next to me prepping for the presentation they are about to give that day. They were very intrigued what I was doing and kept peeking in on me through the window. I stand when I perform, so I put a chair on the table where I could put my laptop at the right height for the reading. :-)


decade old interviews

Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 17 2022 | Comment now »

I ran into an interview done ten years ago just before my first ever launch of my debut collection the weight of dew. I was intrigued. And delighted to see that I do not disagree with the Daniela from those days.

You can read the two parts below.

Book Launch, Part One
what is it we want from this long journey? – “the weight of dew

Book Launch, Part Two
the baby frogs would not stay put – “the weight of dew”

Thank you Rob for these thoughtful questions and always thoughtful and deep reading that allowed me to also surprise myself.

Source: Earth

Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 02 2022 | Comment now »

For Earth Day, the day before Earth Day I will have the pleasure of reading with Heidi Greco in a back and forth conversation of poems. The wonderful Rob Taylor will be our host and will have to keep us in line.

Here is the link to register for this FREE event.

You need to register to get a link to attend.

Daniela Elza and Heidi Greco, both defenders of trees and water, will read poetry that evokes the love for the earth and the intimacy we need to cultivate with the more than human world, not only for a richer life but also for the spark that propels us toward better care and stewardship of the planet. Daniela, Heidi and Rob are in the Worth More Standing: Poets and Activists Pay Homage to Trees coming out this month of April from Caitlin Press. There will be time for discussion and Q&A.

Presented by: Word Vancouver with support from the League of Canadian Poets

Unbound Poetry Festival

Posted by Daniela Elza on Mar 25 2022 | Comment now »

The Unbound Poetry Festival will make its dedut on April 9, 2022. And it is in person. A FULL DAY of all things poetry. This event is for writers and non-writers alike, families, and anyone who simply enjoys being entertained.

I will be doing a workshop, Panel (Free), and Blue Pencil sessions.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops and one-on-one consultations with one of the Blue Pencil Editors. I will do a workshop called FRAMED, in which we will play with writing self-portraits. You can register for that here. There are other workshops you can check out. I will be doing some Blue Pencil Sessions, you can register for those here.  If you want to work specifically with me, do mention that since it will be who ever is available. I am also on a free panel/poetry and activism (4:30-5:30pm). To register for other workshops visit Eventbrite here.

UNBOUND will feature free activities such as poetry film screenings, reading-in-conversations, painting inspired by words and music, blackout poetry, magnetic poetry, a one-day Haiku Contest, outdoor poetry installations, vendors and free info in the Lit Interest Area, and more. The evening will feature a Poetry SLAM! Here is write up about it in the Peace Arch News.

See you on April 9th!

Thank you also to the League of Canadian Poets for their support.

place mattering matters salon #4

Posted by Daniela Elza on Mar 23 2022 | Comment now »

You are invited:

Place Mattering Matters Salon 04: The Intimacy of the Places We Call Home

Wed April 13, 7-8 pm pst


Click here for the Zoom event registration. You need to register before the event to get the zoom link.

What connects you to the place you live in? Join us for our fourth salon where we explore the intimacy of place and home through image, poetry and story with guest storyteller and artist Naomi Steinberg, poets and artists Daniela Elza, Richard Evans, Graham McGarva, and Maria Roth. Come ready to pen a line or few describing the places you find welcoming, intimate, the places in your neighbourhood generous enough to daydream in.

The Place Mattering Matters Collective gathers together two architects and two artists who seek to open conversation on the qualities of place needed to thrive in our shared urban environment. As it rapidly transforms around us, not only does place matter, but that it matters is essential for the health of the whole community.

We can be reached by email at: info(at)placematteringmatters(dot)com