Elaine Woo has made her home in British Columbia since she was a young child. Experiences within her family and community left her struggling to escape the limitations of being small, female, powerless, and ethnic. Throughout her work and in her debut book of poetry, Cycling with the Dragon, released by Nightwood Editions in 2014, she champions the virtues of “smallness” while acknowledging its perils. Her writing challenges larger forces of power and control.
Elaine's work is in Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food, Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, Prism International, Experiment-O, The Maynard, The Elephants, Grain Magazine, Arc Poetry, carte Blanche (see Virtue of Smallness), h& (hand and poetry), CWILA's S/tick, and The Ottawa Poetry Newsletter.
Elaine is a contributor to Shy: An Anthology, which won an IPPY (Independent Book Publisher’s) silver medal in 2014. Her art song collaboration, “Night-time Symphony”, with Daniel Marshall won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. She contributed to, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver’s Book Award in 2012.