Emily Pohl-Weary

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Emily Pohl-Weary
Born 1973
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Writer, editor
Period 2000–present
Genre Biography, YA fiction, comics, science fiction
Notable works Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril

Emily Pohl-Weary (1973)[1] is a Canadian novelist and magazine editor.[2] She is the granddaughter of science fiction writers and editors Judith Merril and Frederik Pohl.[3]


Pohl-Weary was born in Toronto. She was raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, preschool, and in the west end of Toronto where she frequented the Parkdale public library as a girl and where she still lives.[4]

Literary career[edit]

For eight years, Pohl-Weary published and wrote for Kiss Machine magazine, which ceased publication in 2008. She is also a former editor of Broken Pencil.

Her 2002 biography of Judith Merril, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril (Between the Lines Books), won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2003[5] and was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. Asimov's Science Fiction magazine said in a review: "Assembled from scraps, fragments, previously published essays, and polished manuscripts by Judith Merril's granddaughter, Emily Pohl-Weary has done a superhuman job."[citation needed]

Pohl-Weary's first novel, A Girl Like Sugar, was published by McGilligan Books in 2004.[6] It features a twenty-something girl haunted by her dead rock star boyfriend. She also edited a critically acclaimed female superhero anthology, Girls Who Bite Back: Witches Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (2004). Her subsequent books include a collection of poetry, Iron-on Constellations (2005) and the novel Strange Times at Western High (2006), featuring zine-publishing teen sleuth Natalie Fuentes, who teams up with a computer hacker and a graffiti artist to solve crime at her Toronto high school.[3] Her most recent book is the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (2013), about a musician who gets bitten by a vicious dog in Central Park and finds herself changing in unusual ways.

In 2008, Emily founded the Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth in the neighbourhood where she grew up. For three years, she led a weekly writing workshop for residents of Sagatay (Na-Me-Res), a long-term transitional home for First Nations, Metis and Inuit men in Toronto. Her writing workshops focus on writing skills, creative empowerment, learning tools for conflict-resolution, and drawing out participants' unique voices and stories.



  1. ^ LAC=1010E1379 (Pohl-Weary, Emily). Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Virtual International Authority File (viaf.org). Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Pohl-Weary (n.d.). "About Emily". Emily Pohl-Weary (emilypohlweary.com). Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Julie (August 7, 2013). "Emily Pohl-Weary on Turning Your Passions into Your Job". With audio-video interview(?).
  4. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Emily Pohl-Weary. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ "2003 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Emily Pohl-Weary at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 11 September 2013. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.

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