Eleonore Schönmaier

Eleonore Schönmaier’s Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete was published in 2021 (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Wavelengths of Your Song (MQUP) was published in German translation as Wellenlängen deines Liedes in 2020 by parasitenpresse (Cologne).  Dust Blown Side of the Journey (MQUP) was a finalist for the Eyelands Book Awards (Greece). Treading Fast Rivers (MQUP) was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. She has taught advanced fiction courses at St. Mary’s University, creative writing at Mount Saint Vincent University, and has worked as a poetry mentor for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Her poetry has been set to music by Canadian, Dutch, Scottish, American and Greek composers and she has performed her poetry in concert with The New European Ensemble among others. She has won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, the Earle Birney Prize, and the National Broadsheet Contest 2019. Published in League of Canadian Poets Poem in Your Pocket Day Brochure in 2018, 2019 and 2021, she has also been widely anthologised in the United States and Canada including in Best Canadian Poetry.  Her poetry was presented in a twelve page feature by The New Quarterly. “Live-Retrieved Memory:  the Poetry of Eleonore Schönmaier.”  https://eleonoreschonmaier.com


Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete. (poetry). Montreal & Kingston – London -Chicago: 2021, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Wellenlängen deines Liedes. (poetry Wavelengths of Your Song in German translation).    Translator Knut Birkholz. Cologne, Germany: Parasitenpresse, 2020.

Dust Blown Side of the Journey (poetry). Montreal & Kingston – London – Chicago: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

Wavelengths of Your Song (poetry). Montreal & Kingston – London – Ithaca: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

Treading Fast Rivers (poetry). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999.

Passion Fruit Tea (fiction).  Lockeport:  Roseway Publishing Company, 1994.



Eyelands Book Award Finalist, 2020

National Broadsheet Contest Winner, League of Canadian Poets, 2019

The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest, Third Prize, 2009

Alfred G. Bailey Award, 2009.

Earle Birney Prize for Poetry, 2008.

Sheldon Currie Fiction Award, second prize, 2005.

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, Best First Book of Poetry, Finalist, 2000.

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