Emily Silbert is a poet, freelance writer, translator and teacher from Hamilton, Ontario. She took Third Prize in the 2009 gritLIT Poetry Competition for The Infinity Poems, Valentine's Day Opera, and An Offering.
Scared of permanent scarring from her poetry sucking in public, this was only her second submission. Now that she has her big girl underwear on, she is encouraged to continue writing poetry that may see the light of day. Currently on a leave of absence from the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, she lives in Cali, Colombia, where she teaches English Literature and Art & Ethics at the high school level. Educated at the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne in Literary Studies and French, she has translated literary works for award-winning French author Anne-Sophie Brasme and she won the the Pilot Guide's (producer of the
Lonely Planet television show) Travel Writer of the Month award while exploring and blogging about India, Pakistan, Thailand and Cambodia. She is currently learning how to ask her landlord to fix her broken windows, in Spanish.