Emily Pohl-Weary

Emily Pohl-Weary (born 1973)[1] is a Canadian novelist, poet, university professor, and magazine editor.[2] She is the granddaughter of science fiction writers and editors Judith Merril and Frederik Pohl.[3]

Emily Pohl-Weary
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationWriter, editor
GenreBiography, YA fiction, comics, science fiction
Notable worksBetter to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril


Pohl-Weary is an author and creative writing professor who was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Her latest book is Ghost Sick, poetry about tragedy and resilience in the Toronto neighbourhood where she grew up.

Her previous books include the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, as well as a Hugo Award-winning biography, a female superhero anthology, a poetry collection, and a girl pirate comic. She's currently working on a new novel.[4]

Literary career

Pohl-Weary's second collection of poems, Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witness won the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry.[5] Canada's Parliamentary Poet George Elliott Clarke reviewed it thusly in the Halifax Chronicle: "Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence."

Her biography of Judith Merril, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril (Between the Lines Books), won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2003[6] and was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. Asimov's Science Fiction magazine said in a review: "Assembled from scraps, fragments, previously published essays, and polished manuscripts by Judith Merril's granddaughter, Emily Pohl-Weary has done a superhuman job."

Pohl-Weary's first novel, A Girl Like Sugar, was published by McGilligan Books in 2004.[7] It features a twenty-something girl haunted by her dead rock star boyfriend. She also edited a critically acclaimed female superhero anthology, Girls Who Bite Back: Witches Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (2004). Her subsequent books include a collection of poetry, Iron-on Constellations (2005) and the novel Strange Times at Western High (2006), featuring zine-publishing teen sleuth Natalie Fuentes, who teams up with a computer hacker and a graffiti artist to solve crime at her Toronto high school.[3] Her most recent book is the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (2013), about a musician who gets bitten by a vicious dog in Central Park and finds herself changing in unusual ways.

In 2008, Emily founded the Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth in the neighbourhood where she grew up. For three years, she led a weekly writing workshop for residents of Sagatay (Na-Me-Res), a long-term transitional home for First Nations, Metis and Inuit men in Toronto. Her writing workshops focus on writing skills, creative empowerment, learning tools for conflict-resolution, and drawing out participants' unique voices and stories.

For eight years, Pohl-Weary published and wrote for Kiss Machine magazine, which ceased publication in 2008. She is also a former editor of Broken Pencil magazine.


  • Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, Merrill and Pohl-Weary (Between the Lines Books, 2002), ISBN 1-896357-57-1[7]
  • Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (Sumach Press, 2004), anthology edited, LCCN 2004-463379
  • A Girl Like Sugar (Toronto: McGilligan Books, 2004), young-adult novel, LCCN 2004-281045
  • Violet Miranda, Pohl-Weary and Willow Dawson, Strange Horizons (Feb 2005–Aug 2005), 24-part graphic novel[7]
  • Iron-on Constellations (Tightrope Books, 2005), poems, LCCN 2005-482494
  • Strange Times at Western High (Annick Press, 2006), YA mystery novel[2]
  • Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (Penguin Canada and Amazon Skyscape, 2013), YA supernatural novel
  • Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witcness (Tightrope Books, 2015), poetry


  1. ^ LAC=1010E1379 (Pohl-Weary, Emily). Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Virtual International Authority File (viaf.org). Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Pohl-Weary (n.d.). "About Emily". Emily Pohl-Weary (emilypohlweary.com). Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Julie (August 7, 2013). "Emily Pohl-Weary on Turning Your Passions into Your Job". With audio-video interview(?).
  4. ^ Emily Pohl-Weary http://emilypohlweary.tumblr.com/about. Retrieved 20 November 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Royal City Literary Arts Society https://rclas.com/awards-contests/fred-cogswell-award/2016-award/. Retrieved 20 November 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "2003 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Emily Pohl-Weary at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 11 September 2013. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.

External links

61st World Science Fiction Convention

Torcon 3 was the 61st World Science Fiction Convention, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 28-September 1, 2003. The convention was held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as well as the Fairmont Royal York and Crowne Plaza (now the InterContinental Toronto Centre) hotels. Torcon 3 was also the site of the 2003 Canvention.

Academy of the Impossible

Academy of the Impossible is a peer-to-peer learning and events organization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 2011 by Jesse Hirsh and Emily Pohl-Weary. It spent its first two years at 231 Wallace Street in the Junction Triangle neighbourhood of Toronto, but since December 2013 has operated in multiple locations.

Between the Lines Books

Between the Lines Books (BTL) is an independent Toronto-based publisher of non-fiction, most of which offers a critical perspective on culture, economics, and society. Since its inception in 1977, BTL has published approximately 250 titles of which more than half are maintained in print, including seminal works by American cultural theorists bell hooks and Noam Chomsky. In 2012, BTL won the Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History.

Over the course of its history, BTL has published titles on politics, public policy, labour, critical race, international development, Indigenous peoples, gender and sexuality, history, health, adult and popular education, environment, technology, and media.

Frederik Pohl

Frederik George Pohl Jr. (; November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was an American science-fiction writer, editor, and fan, with a career spanning more than 75 years—from his first published work, the 1937 poem "Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna", to the 2011 novel All the Lives He Led and articles and essays published in 2012.From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy and its sister magazine If; the latter won three successive annual Hugo Awards as the year's best professional magazine. His 1977 novel Gateway won four "year's best novel" awards: the Hugo voted by convention participants, the Locus voted by magazine subscribers, the Nebula voted by American science-fiction writers, and the juried academic John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He won the Campbell Memorial Award again for the 1984 collection of novellas Years of the City, one of two repeat winners during the first 40 years. For his 1979 novel Jem, Pohl won a U.S. National Book Award in the one-year category Science Fiction. It was a finalist for three other year's best novel awards. He won four Hugo and three Nebula Awards.The Science Fiction Writers of America named Pohl its 12th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award in 1993 and he was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998, its third class of two dead and two living writers.Pohl won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2010, for his blog, "The Way the Future Blogs".

Frye Festival

The Frye Festival, formerly known as the Northrop Frye International Literary Festival, is a bilingual (French and English) literary festival held in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada in April of each year. The Festival began in 2000 and is the only festival in the world to honour noted literary critic Herman Northrop Frye (1912–1991), who spent his formative years in Moncton, graduating from Aberdeen High School.

Invited participants of the Frye Festival include not only noted Frye scholars, such as Robert D. Denham, Alvin Lee, Michael Dolzani, Jean O'Grady, and Caterina Nella Cotrupi, but also top literary talent from around the world, as well as regional talent. Russell Banks, Marie-Claire Blais, Neil Bissoondath, Robert Bly, Patrick Chamoiseau, Catherine Cusset, John Dufresne, Richard Ford, Nikki Gemmell, Douglas Glover, Ursula Hegi, Nancy Huston, Witi Ihimaera, Dennis Lee, Alberto Manguel, Yann Martel, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards, and Bernhard Schlink are among the authors to have appeared during the Festival.

Gunner Cade

Gunner Cade is a science fiction novel by American writers Cyril M. Kornbluth and Judith Merril (the second and last written together under their Cyril Judd pseudonym), originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1952. It was issued in hardcover by Simon & Schuster later that year, with an Ace Double paperback following in 1957. Gollancz issued a British hardcover in 1964, with a Penguin paperback following in 1966. The Science Fiction Book Club published an edition in 1965, with a Dell paperback appearing in 1969. Reprint editions (in various languages) continued to appear in the 1970s and 1980s. NESFA Press included the novel in a 2008 omnibus of Kornbluth and Merril novels, Spaced Out.Gunner Cade began as a synopsis, "Time of Troubles", written entirely by Kornbluth. The co-authors broke the story down into planned 5000-word segments, which they wrote alternately. "Cyril would write what was supposed to be a five-thousand-word section in about three thousand words. I would then go back and rewrite his section to make it five thousand words", Merril remembered. "Then I would write the next five-thousand-word section in eight thousand words. He would rewrite my section to shorten it". They completed the novel in six weeks, writing quickly because both were "desperately broke".The novel deals with the transformation of Cade, the title character, from a loyal member of the elite police force of an authoritarian interplanetary regime into an individualistic rebel. Kornbluth and Merril crafted the novel to appeal to Astounding SF editor John W. Campbell, using Fritz Leiber's Gather, Darkness! as their model. "We did a really interesting analytical breakdown of what Campbell would and wouldn't buy", Merril later wrote. "The scientific stuff had to be there, but the sort of spiritual fantasy element had to be there as well. Also, the novel had to contain the sort of humor that made sense to Campbell".

Hugo Award for Best Related Work

The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. The award has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing". The Hugo Award for Best Related Work is given each year for primarily non-fiction works related to science fiction or fantasy, published or translated into English during the previous calendar year. Awards are also given out for works of fiction in the novel, novella, novelette, and short story categories.

The award was originally titled the Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and was first awarded in 1980. In 1999 the Award was retitled to the Hugo Award for Best Related Book, and eligibility was officially expanded to fiction works that were primarily noteworthy for reasons besides their fictional aspects. In 2010, the title of the award was again changed, to the Hugo Award for Best Related Work. In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for years 50, 75, or 100 years prior in which no awards were given. The Retro Best Related Work Hugo was awarded for 1954, 50 years later, but has not been awarded for any other year due to insufficient nominations.Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie. The works on the ballot are the six most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of works that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Prior to 2017, the final ballot was five works; it was changed that year to six, with each initial nominator limited to five nominations. Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year. Members are permitted to vote "no award", if they feel that none of the nominees is deserving of the award that year, and in the case that "no award" takes the majority the Hugo is not given in that category. This happened in the Best Related Work category in 2015 and 2016.During the 40 nomination years, 197 authors have had works nominated; 52 of these have won, including co-authors and Retro Hugos. John Clute has won four times; once by himself, once with John Grant as a co-author, once with Peter Nicholls, and once with Nicholls, David Langford, and Graham Sleight. Nicholls has won a third time, and Grant has won a second time, sharing the award with his co-authors Elizabeth L. Humphrey and Pamela D. Scoville. Thomas Disch and Ursula K. Le Guin have also won twice, both without co-authors; no other author has won more than once. Cathy and Arnie Fenner have been nominated eight times for their work on the Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art series, both the most number of nominations received by any author and the most number of nominations without winning. Clute has been nominated seven times, Farah Mendlesohn six times with one win; Le Guin four times with two wins; Isaac Asimov and Langford four times with one win; and Mike Resnick four times with no wins. The Writing Excuses team, consisting of Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson, have been nominated four times and won once. Seven other authors have been nominated three times. Many of these writers, editors and artists have won Hugos in other categories, from Fan Writer to Best Novel.

Judith Merril

Judith Josephine Grossman (January 21, 1923 – September 12, 1997), who took the pen-name Judith Merril around 1945, was an American and then Canadian science fiction writer, editor and political activist, and one of the first women to be widely influential in those roles.Although Judith Merril's first paid writing was in other genres, in her first few years of writing published science fiction she wrote her three novels (all but the first in collaboration with C.M. Kornbluth) and some stories. Her roughly four decades in that genre also included writing 26 published short stories, and editing a similar number of anthologies.

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One Throne Magazine

One Throne Magazine is an online literary magazine (all genres) that publishes poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. The magazine was founded at Dawson City, Canada in 2014. Its editors are Dan Dowhal and George Filipovic.One Throne publishes annually, featuring between six and 12 pieces of writing per issue and an equal number of pieces of visual art. The magazine had two of its stories from its first year deemed "notable" by The Best American Series. It has appeared on Duotrope's lists of "25 Most Challenging Fiction Markets" and "25 Most Challenging Poetry Markets." One Throne represents itself as being among the world's most diverse literary magazines.Writers and poets published by One Throne include: Safia Elhillo and Nick Makoha (joint-winners of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize), Chloe Honum (Pushcart Prize winner), Chikodili Emelumadu (2014 Shirley Jackson Award nominee), Tendai Huchu (shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize), Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Emily Pohl-Weary, Timothy Ogene, and Chika Unigwe.

Every piece of writing is presented alongside its own dedicated visual art. Artists who have contributed include Richard Mosse, who won the £30,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2014.

Shadow on the Hearth

Shadow on the Hearth is a science fiction novel by American writer Judith Merril, originally published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1950. It was her first novel. A British hardcover was published by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1953, with a paperback following from Compact Books in 1966. Italian translations appeared in 1956 and 1992; a German translation was issued in 1982. It was included in Spaced Out: Three Novels of Tomorrow, a 2008 NESFA Press omnibus compiling all Merril's novels (the other two written in collaboration with Cyril M. Kornbluth). No American paperback of Shadow on the Hearth has ever been published, although a book club edition appeared.Shadow on the Hearth tells the story of "a Westchester woman and her two children after the explosion of a series of atomic bombs on New York". Merril described it as "a very political novel, ... written for political reasons".Merril began writing Shadow on the Hearth as a short story; "When it reached ten thousand words," she remembered, "I began to understand that it wanted to be a novel." Although she stopped working on the piece when it reached twice that length, needing to spend more time with her young daughter, Doubleday editor Walter I. Bradbury read the incomplete draft and bought the novel. Merril quit her editorial job at Bantam to complete it. When she completed it, Doubleday imposed its own title (avoiding any mention of nuclear war), revising the text to create a happier ending, and wrapping the novel in a nondescript dust jacket. "On the cover was an attractive young mother, obviously in great distress: it could have been a gothic novel", Merril later groused, "or basically anything".In 1954, the Motorola TV Theatre aired an adaptation of Shadow on the Hearth, retitled Atomic Attack.

Toronto Book Awards

The Toronto Book Awards are Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the City of Toronto to the author of the year's best fiction or non-fiction book or books "that are evocative of Toronto".Each author shortlisted for the award receives $1,000, and the winner or winners receive the balance of $15,000.

The award has frequently gone to multiple winners. 1987 was the first time in the history of the award that only a single winner was named.


Weary is a surname, and may refer to:

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Emily Pohl-Weary

Willow Dawson

Willow Dawson is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator, whose works include The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea with author Helaine Becker (Kids Can Press), Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung (Penguin Books Canada), Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club (Kids Can Press), 100 Mile House (excerpts on Top Shelf Comics 2.0), the graphic novel No Girls Allowed, with author Susan Hughes (Kids Can Press), and Violet Miranda: Girl Pirate, with author Emily Pohl-Weary (Kiss Machine). Her works have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Her black and white comics art style is wonderful: bold and full of thought. Dawson also creates painted stand alone illustrations which she turns into prints and sells on her Society6 site. The original art is created using acrylic ink and paint on recycled cardboard. Her illustrations convey a mood of whimsy and playful-uncanny. Her work typically exhibits flowing linework and favours a 50's colour palette.

She is a member of The RAID Studio, The Writers' Union of Canada, Illustration Mundo, and JacketFlap.

Dawson was born in 1975 and grew up in Vancouver, BC. She currently lives in a creaky-old-house-turned-music-school in downtown Toronto.

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