Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is a Canadian poet and novelist who is a chronicler of urban environments and alternative cultures, specifically in the cities of Montreal and Toronto.

Publishing career

Whittall was born on February 16, 1976 in the small town of South Durham, Quebec. Upon graduating from Dawson College she began publishing poems and short works of fiction within the small-magazine scene in Montreal and also developed the reading series "Girlspit". Her first book of poetry, "The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life", was released in 2001. That same year, she was hired to edit a book of Canadian outsider literature which came to be called "Geeks, Misfits, and Outlaws". These publications introduced Whittall's aesthetic to a wider audience and she soon came to be seen as a voice for alternative culture in Canada. [cite web|url=http://toronto.untilmonday.com/story/toronto_author_zoe_whittall|title=Toronto author Zoe Whittall|publisher=Until Monday|author=Stacey May Fowles|date=January 9, 2007|accessdate=2007-11-18]

In 2006, Whittall resurfaced, this time in Toronto, Ontario, with a second book of poetry, "The Emily Valentine Poems", and a first novel, "Bottle Rocket Hearts". The critical success of especially the novel brought her respect from new quarters of the Canadian literary establishment, [cite web|url=http://www.danforthreview.com/features/interviews/zoe_whittall.htm|title=Zoe Whittall interview|author=Nathaniel G. Moore|date=Fall, 2006|publisher=Danforth Review|accessdate=2007-11-18] a fact cemented by her being named, in 2007, Toronto's Best Emerging Writer by the alternative weekly newspaper, NOW. [cite web|url=http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007-11-01/books_feature.php|publisher=NOW|title=Book Awards|date=November 1, 2007|accessdate=2007-11-18]

Current activity

Whittall currently lives in Toronto where she is working on a new collection of poems and a novel. It has been revealed that the publisher of her next book of poetry will be Toronto-based Exile Editions.


External links

* [http://www.mcgilliganbooks.com/authors/zoe_whittall.htm McGilligan Books` Author Showcase]
* [http://www.danforthreview.com/fiction/09_06/whittall.htm A Story by Zoe Whittall on "The Danforth Review"]

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