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Sally S. Ito

Photo: Warren Cariou 2017

Sally Ito is a witer and translator. She was born in Taber, Alberta, and currently lives in Winnipeg. She has published three books of poetry, Frogs in the Rain Barrel, A Season of Mercy, and Alert to Glory, as well as a collection of short stories called Floating Shore.  In 2018, she published a cultural memoir, The Emperor's Orphans.  Ito has also translated and published the Japanese children's poet Misuzu Kaneko by drawing on her years of study in Japan and experience of translating contemporary Japanese poetry. She teaches creative writing in Winnipeg and is a former blog contributor to the multicultural children's literature blog and website, PaperTigers. 

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Floating Shore. Toronto: Mercury Press, 1998.
Frogs in the Rain Barrel. Madeira Park, BC: Nightwood Editions, 1995.
A Season of Mercy. Madeira Park, BC: Nightwood Editions, 1999
Alert to Glory. Turnstone, 2011
Are You an Echo: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko. Chin Music Press, 2016
The Emperor's Orphans. Turnstone Press, 2018


Howard O’Hagan Award for Best Short Story Collection by an Albertan for Floating Shore, 1999.
First runner-up, Milton Acorn People's Memorial Award Competition for Frogs in the Rain Barrel, 1997.
Short Listed for the Danuta Gleed Award for Floating Shore, 1999
Short Listed for the City of Edmonton Book Prize for Floating Shore, 1999
Short Listed for the Milton Acorn Poetry Prize for Frogs in the Rain Barrel, 1996
Award of Merit for Canadian Christian Writing Award for Alert to Glory, 2012
Short-listed for Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Nonfiction for The Emperor's Orphans, 2019
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