Eleonore Schönmaier

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Eleonore Schönmaier is a Canadian poet and fiction writer.


Eleonore Schönmaier is the author of the poetry collections Dust Blown Side of the Journey (2017), Wavelengths of Your Song (2013), and Treading Fast Rivers (1999). Her award winning poems have been published widely in literary magazines in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including Grain, Event, Descant, Prairie Schooner, Magma, and Stand and have been translated into Dutch and German. Her work is widely anthologized, and her poem "Weightless" was published in Best Canadian Poetry.

She has taught advanced fiction writing at St. Mary's University and creative writing at Mount St. Vincent University, and worked as a writing mentor for the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. Schönmaier has won numerous awards, including the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, the Earle Birney Prize, and the Sheldon Currie Fiction Award. American, Canadian, Scottish, Dutch and Greek composers have all written music based on Schönmaier's poetry. She divides her time between Canada, and coastal Europe.


Bridport Poetry Prize shortlist
Alfred G. Bailey Award
Earle Birney Prize
Sheldon Currie Fiction Award
Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, Finalist Best First Book of Poetry, Canada


Passion Fruit Tea Roseway Publishing (1994) ISBN 0-9698407-0-5
Treading Fast Rivers McGill-Queen's University Press (1999) ISBN 0-88629-361-8
Wavelengths of Your Song McGill-Queen's University Press (2013) ISBN 9780886293611
Dust Blown Side of the Journey McGill-Queen's University Press (2017) ISBN 9780773550131


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