by George J. Dance

Mary di Michele1

Mary di Michele. Courtesy Canadian Poetries.

Mary di Michele (born August 6, 1949) is a Canadian poet, novelist, and academic.[1]


Di Michele was born in Lanciano, Italy. She emigrated to Canada with her family in 1955.[2]

She grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she attended Vaughan Road Collegiate.[3]

She earned a B.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto in 1972, and an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Western Ontario in 1974.[2]

In Toronto, she worked as a freelance writer and editor with Toronto Life, Poetry Toronto, and the Toronto Star. She became part of a literary group that included Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Roo Borson, Carolyn Smart, and Bronwen Wallace. Her poetry was included in the 1978 anthology Roman Candles, edited by Di Cicco, and in New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse (1982), edited by Margaret Atwood.[1]

In 1990 she moved to Montreal, Quebec,[4] where she is a professor of creative writing at Concordia University.[3]

She has been writer in residence in Toronto, Regina, Banff, Montreal, Rome, and Bologna.[1]


Awards she has won include the CBC poetry competition, 1980; Silver Medal, DuMaurier Award for Poetry, 1982; Air Canada Writing Award, 1984; Toronto Arts Award, 1990; and the Arc Confederation Poets Award, 1996.[3]



  • Tree of August. Toronto: Three Trees Press, 1978.
  • There’s Sky Above My Sky. Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 1980.
  • Bread and Chocolate (bound with Marrying into the Family by Bronwen Wallace). Ottawa: Oberon, 1980.
  • Mimosa, and other poems. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press / Valley Editions, 1981.
  • Necessary Sugar: Poems. Ottawa: Oberon, 1983.
  • Immune to Gravity. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986.
  • Luminous Emergencies: Poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990.
  • Stranger in You: Poems selected and new. Toronto: Oxford University Press , 1995.
  • Debriefing the Rose. Toronto: Anansi , 1998.
  • Flower of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini poems. Toronto: ECW Press, 2011.
  • Bicycle Thieves: Poems. Toronto: MisFit Press, 2017.


  • Under My Skin. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1994.
  • Tenor of Love. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.


  • Anything is Possible: A selection of eleven women poets. Oakville, ON, & New York: Mosaic Press, 1984.
Mary di Michele, Poetry and Fiction

Mary di Michele, Poetry and Fiction

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Joseph Pivato, Mary di Michele, Canadian Encyclopedia, October 6, 2009, Historica Canada. . Web, Apr. 4, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mary di Michele, Canadian Poetry Online, University of Toronto. Web, Apr. 4, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mary di Michele, English-Canadian Writers, Athabaska University. Web, Apr. 4, 2017.
  4. Mary di Michele, Literary Montreal, Vehicule Press. Web, Apr. 4, 2017.
  5. Search results = au:Mary di Michele, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 6, 2014.

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