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Sonja Greckol

Sonja Greckol's Skein of Days (Pedlar Press 2014) travels between 1945 and the 21st century, winding outward from the poet's own birth date. The book deploys a skein of newspaper and magazine headings and subheads from publications of Greckol’s own place and time, from newspapers on or close to February 1 each year, interweaving flashes of popular song titles, particles of scientific lexicon (Physical Review Letters), and a moving poetic record drawn from each year’s Governor General’s Award winning book of poetry.

Her first book, Gravity Matters (Inanna Press 2009) was described by Frank Bidart as "poems ...about survival [ ]about grief and how the soul survives it." Her long poem, Emilie Explains Newton to Voltaire, was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. She edits poetry for Women and Environments International, was an founding member of and while she writes, she spends time poking sticks into Rob Ford's cage of miscreants with the Toronto Women's City Alliance (TWCA), a dynamite set of mostly young women.

Sonja Greckol began to write poetry when Mike Harris was re-elected in Ontario. Since, her work has appeared in Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, Dalhousie Review, CV2, Canadian Women's Studies, Fiddlehead and Matrix. She coordinates poetry for Women and Environments International Magazine and has served as the Associate Rep representative on the National Council of the League of Canadian Poets (2006-08). She has taught college and university, studied order and disorder in jokes, done human rights and gender-based research and consulting, and does local activism while she writes. Her long poem, 'Emilie Explains Newton to Voltaire', was short-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2008. Her next poetry project, entitled, Skin of the Day, uses newspaper headlines.

Selected Publications
Gravity Matters (Inanna Pub., 2009) ISBN: 978-0-9808822-8-5