Elaine, born on Canada's prairies, relocated to the west coast as a young child with her family. 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 lets you know you're not alone.
A glimpse of Elaine's poetry, artwork, and non-fiction is found in or forthcoming in Event Magazine, Otoliths, Sustenance, Veils, Halos, & Shackles, Prism International, The Elephants, Grain Magazine, Experiment-O, The Maynard, Loose Leaf, Arc Poetry, Carte Blanche, The Ottawa Newsletter, h&, and Megaphone Magazine.
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.