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 (born 1973)[1] is a Canadian novelist, poet, university professor, and magazine editor.[2] She is the granddaughter of science fiction writers and editors Judith Merril and Frederik Pohl.[3]


Pohl-Weary is an author and creative writing professor who was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Her latest book is Ghost Sick, poetry about tragedy and resilience in the Toronto neighbourhood where she grew up.

Her previous books include the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, as well as a Hugo Award-winning biography, a female superhero anthology, a poetry collection, and a girl pirate comic. She's currently working on a new novel.[4]

Literary career[edit]

Pohl-Weary's second collection of poems, Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witness won the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry.[5] Canada's Parliamentary Poet George Elliott Clarke reviewed it thusly in the Halifax Chronicle: "Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence."

Her 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[6] 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.[7] 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.

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 magazine.



  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). Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. 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. ^ Emily Pohl-Weary http://emilypohlweary.tumblr.com/about. Retrieved 20 November 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Royal City Literary Arts Society https://rclas.com/awards-contests/fred-cogswell-award/2016-award/. Retrieved 20 November 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "2003 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  7. ^ 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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