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Elaine Woo

Photo: rk 2016

Elaine Woo is the author of Cycling with the Dragon (poems), published by Nightwood Editions. Her poetry appears in ARC Poetry, carte blanche, West Coast Line, Ricepaper, one cool word, Gusts: Contemporary Tanka and the anthologies Veils, Halos & Shackles, Shy, which won a silver imedal IPPY 2014, The Enpipe Line, V6A, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award 2012, and Royal City Poets 2014 and in the chapbook Earthwalk. 

Elaine also writes libretto: her poems have been turned into the art songs Ride Along East Hastings, Night-time Symphony, and the suite Moods: Indigo to Carmine. Night-time Symphony, created in collaboration with Daniel Marshall won a Boston Metropolitan Opera Festival Prize in 2013. She is currently working on a rock opera with Rylan Helmuth.

She has translated the work of Jean-Paul Martino from French to English, a translation appearing in L’Impromptu and in Soapbox No. 12 and in Soapbox No. 37.

She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program. Originally from the Prairies, she now makes her home in Cascadia.


World Poetry Empowered Poet 2014


Cycling with the Dragon (Poetry) Nightwood Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-88971-301-7 (pbk.)


Veils, Halos, & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press, 2016)

Royal City Poets (Silver Bow Publishing, 2014)

Shy (University of Alberta Press, 2013)

V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012)

The Enpipe Line (Creekstone Press Ltd, 2012)



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World Poetry Empowered Poet, 2014
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