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Elana Wolff Wins First Place in TNQ’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

elana wolffWe’re excited to announce that Guernica author Elana Wolff has won first place in the Edna Staebler Personal Essay contest for “Paging Kafka’s Elegist”! The essay will be featured in Issue 136 of The New Quarterly which will be hitting the stands this Fall.


Elana Wolff has published four collections of poetry with Guernica Editions, including You Speak to Me in Trees, awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of Implicate Me, a collection of essays on contemporary poems; co-author with the late Malca Litovitz of Slow Dancing: Creativity and Illness (Duologue and Rengas); and co-editor with Julie Roorda of Poet to Poet: Poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them. A bilingual edition of her selected poems, Helleborus & Alchémille (Éditions du Noroît), was awarded the 2014 John Glassco Prize for Translation (translator: Stéphanie Roesler). Elana has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating therapeutic community art courses.

The New Quarterly is a magazine of Canadian fiction, poetry, and conversation, primarily about the writer’s craft. Their mandate is to nurture emerging writers by publishing and promoting their work alongside that of well-established writers they admire, and to provide an editorial context in which both can be read. Andrew Pyper called the TNQ “one of a very short list of truly important literary journals in the country, one that is on the constant lookout for whatever might be out there to dazzle us, turn our heads, break our hearts. In short, a magazine that has become essential.”

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