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Emily Isaacson

Postmodern Poet

Biography

                           When we are fearful, we have forgotten our destiny.

                                                         --Emily Isaacson                  

                                                       
Emily Isaacson was born December 11, 1975 in Windsor, Ontario and grew up in Victoria, B.C., Canada.  She is both Scottish (on the maternal side) and German, (on the paternal side).

altThe Poet of St. Clare, her work originates in British Columbia, near the Poor Clare convent and Westminster Abbey`s Seminary of Christ the King, where she spent five years collecting her life work, The Fleur-de-lis, three volumes of over 800 poems.   

Emily Isaacson began writing poetry at age ten, where she lived on Vancouver Island. She was first published at age thirteen for her poem, "The Wild Madonna". She won various awards in high school for her poetry, as well as dance and music. She was a member of a performing arts troupe that travelled around with dance performances including ballet, Israeli dancing and other choreographed dance forms. She travelled across Europe at age 16 on a performing arts tour and visited seven countries, most notably Germany.

Isaacson has now published twelve books of poetry (containing over 1532 individual poems and hundreds of prose-poems), as well as photography, and a children's book. She was studied in 2016 by McMaster University as one of Canada's authors.

Emily Isaacson was nominated for the Community Achievement Award in 2010, an Arty Award in literature by the Abbotsford Arts Council in 2013, the Christine Caldwell Award for Outstanding Arts Advocate in 2015, and is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who's Who. She has also served on the board of the Mission Arts Council (2007-2010) and the Fraser Valley Poets Society in Abbotsford (2013, 2018-19).

Isaacson founded the Wild Lily Institute, where she remains director. Isaacson has trained in languages, such as French: she was in French Immersion from age 2 and is bilingual. She studied creative writing at university level. She also studied restorative justice. She has completed Restorative Justice training through both Mission Restorative Resolutions and the Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association. She inspires her readers in skills of conflict resolution, circle keeping, and healing through forgiveness. Her themes include the sea, healing, forgiveness, and reparation.