Author Tags: Poetry

Emilia Nielsen holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria, a MA in English from the University of New Brunswick, and a PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is a Teaching Fellow at Quest University in Squamish, BC.

Her poetry has appeared across Canada in literary journals including: The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, Room Magazine, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry by PRISM international. She has attended writing residencies at The Banff Centre, Sage Hill Summer Poetry Colloquium, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Summer Artists and Writers Colony at University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake. Opportunities to write, study and travel were made possible by financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The University of British Columbia, The University of New Brunswick, The University of Victoria, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Emilia is a member of the following literary and scholarly professional organizations: The League of Canadian Poets, Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes and the Sexuality Studies Association.


Surge Narrows (Leaf Press 2013)

Surge Narrows
Publicity Materials (2013)

"Surge Narrows is gorgeously sensual and sharply precise- if we could taste it, this book would be salmonberry. It would be salt. To read these poems is to stand under a aterfall, letting the words rush like cold, clean water over the skin. A powerful debut." -- Anne Simpson

Surge Narrows opens with "Surge," a fragmented narrative of coming of age in the remote coastal community of Surge Narrows, and closes with the series "Vernacular Hearts," which explores a queer cityscape. Between these frames, Surge Narrows engages various emotional and physical terrains, and this disjuncture is perhaps best exemplified by the anti-lyrics of "Disquiet" and "Sensorial." "Pass Creek" explores wilderness solitude and the geography of place at a northern Alberta fire tower site. In "Indifferent Season" the lyric poem aspires to not just distillation of language, but close observation and pitch perfect diction.