Margaret Christakos

Margaret Christakos has been a worker in the field of letters. She is an accomplished Canadian poet and fiction writer, originally from Sudbury, Ontario, who has lived in Toronto since 1987. Christakos has published eight collections of poetry and a novel. Her most recent collection is Welling, from Scrivener Press (2010, a Globe 100 Book). Previous books include What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005), from Coach House, both nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award; Excessive Love Prostheses, winner of the ReLit Award (Coach House, 2002) and Charisma, a novel from Pedlar in 2000, shortlisted for the Ontario Trillium Book Award. She has also been the recipient of the Bliss Carman Award for Poetry. Christakos is anthologized in, among others, Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House, 2009), White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2007), Plural Desires: Writing Bisexual Women's Realities (Sister Vision, 1995) and ditch: the anthology. Chapbooks include The Chips & Ties Study (BookThug, 2012), Something Inside Me (in case of emergency press, 2008), My Girlish Feast (Belladonna, 2007) and Adult Video (Nomados, 2006).

Reviews and critical writing by Margaret Christakos have been published in The Globe and Mail, Lemon Hound, Arc and Open Letter, among many others. From 2006 to 2012, she curated and facilitated the renowned "Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon" and is the founding publisher of Widely acclaimed, she has delivered poetry seminars, workshops and readings across Canada and in the U.S. as a visiting poet and speaker since 1989. She has received significant arts grant support from provincial and federal arts councils, and, in 2012, she was the recipient of a major Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Born and raised in Sudbury, she and her family live in Toronto.

Residence: Toronto, ON

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