Eleonore Schönmaier is the author of the critically acclaimed collections Dust Blown Side of the Journey (2017), Wavelengths of Your Song (2013) and Treading Fast Rivers (1999) all from McGill-Queen’s University Press. Her poetry has been set to music by Canadian, Dutch, Scottish, American and Greek composers. The New European Ensemble has performed her poetry in concert. Her writing has been translated into Dutch and German. She has won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, the Earle Birney Prize, and was a Sheldon Currie Fiction award winner. Her poetry and fiction have been published extensively in literary magazines in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands and Germany including Grain, Event, Descant, The Antigonish Review, Terras, Limen, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Prairie Schooner, Stand and Magma among others. Her work is widely anthologized, and her poetry has been published in Best Canadian Poetry.
A talented instructor she has worked as a writing mentor for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and has held the position of Writing Resource Center Coordinator at Mount St. Vincent University. She has taught creative writing in the English literature department at MSVU, and advanced fiction writing at St. Mary’s University.
She has performed her poetry, reciting from memory, in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, England and Canada.
Her writing was recently presented in a twelve page feature in The New Quarterly. Live Retrieved Memory: the poetry of Eleonore Schönmaier.