Daniela Elza lived on three continents before immigrating to Canada in 1999. Her latest poetry collections are the broken boat (2020) & slow erosions (2020). Her previous poetry books are the weight of dew (2012), milk tooth bane bone (2013) and the book of it (2011). In 2011 Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis was nominated for the 2011 CAGS UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition, and received the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal, recognizing her dissertation for not only addressing the long standing epistemological split between the philosophic and poetic, but attempting to heal that very split. In 2021 Daniela received a Canada Council Grant to work on a nonfiction book. She is a founding member of the Place Mattering Matters Collective and is actively engaged with her community on protecting the affordable housing left in Vancouver. She works as an instructor, teacher, and mentor to writers of any age, and loves editing poetry manuscripts.