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 is the recipient of a 2014 World Poetry Empowered Poet award. She 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. Her work is in carte blanche (See Virtue of Smallness), Arc Poetry Magazine, The Enpipe Line, Megaphone Magazine, Ricepaper, one cool word, Poetry Pacific, All Rights Reserved Literary Association, Asian Cha, Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Uut Poetry, Bone Orchard, Cyclamens and Swords, Soapbox No 12, Loose Leaf Magazine, Literary Commune, hand and poetry, the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, Grain Magazine, CWILA's S/tick, and NationalPoetryMonth2017.ca: Angel House Press.