About

Emily’s poetry was featured in the spring 2019 Inkwell anthology “I Am a Lake.” http://www.inkwellworkshops.com/buy-book

Emily also has a short story featured in the fall 2019 Renaissance Press anthology, “Nothing Without Us.”  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/renaissancebp/nothing-without-us

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Emily Gillespie is a Toronto-based author, disability activist and professional daydreamer. Her work explores the themes of memory, identity, and mental health journeys. Emily enjoys working in community spaces and examining individual and collective experiences. She views storytelling as a tool for resisting predominant social narratives.

Emily has a BA in English and an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University. Dancing with Ghosts (Leaping Lion Books, 2017) is her first novel. In 2018, she won a contest for her short-story “D is for Despair,” sponsored by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization.  Her poetry was recently featured in the Inkwell Anthology, I Am a Lake. “No Room at the Inn,” a short story adapted from her second novel will be included as part of the Nothing without Us, anthology by Renaissance Press fall 2019. She is currently drafting her second novel, teaching creative writing, and experimenting with zines as well as performance art. 

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