- Zoe Whittall
Zoe Whittall is a
Canadianpoet and novelist who is a chronicler of urbanenvironments and alternative cultures, specifically in the cities of Montrealand Toronto.
Whittall was born on
February 16, 1976in the small town of South Durham, Quebec. Upon graduating from Dawson Collegeshe 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]
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
* [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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