Photo courtesy of Paul Dyck

SALLY ITO was born in Taber, Alberta in 1964 and grew up mostly in Edmonton and the Northwest Territories.  

Educated at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, she graduated from U.B.C. in the spring of 1987 with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing.  After graduation, she went to Japan on a Mombusho scholarship to work on literary translations of modern and contemporary Japanese poetry.  In 1990, she returned to Canada and started a Masters of Arts degree in English at the University of Alberta.  She completed the degree in 1993 with a creative thesis – a collection of short stories – which eventually went on to publication by Mercury Press in 1998 under the title Floating Shore.

Sally writes in different genres – poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction – and has published in these genres in various literary journals.  In addition, she has also done translation of Japanese poetry into English.   Ito has published three books of poetry – Frogs in the Rain Barrel (Nightwood Editions, 1995), Season of Mercy (Nightwood Editions, 1998) most recently, Alert to Glory, published by Turnstone Press in 2011.  Her current writing projects involve the writing of a family history for which she has done extensive research and translation. 

To view a reading by Sally, please click HERE

To find out which item Sally would save if her house were on fire, please click HERE to read a Winnipeg Free Press article unearthing the answers to such burning questions.

To learn what's on Sally's night stand, click HERE.

To read an article about Sally discussing identity, please click HERE and turn to page 8.

For information about Sally and Jennifer Still's November 2012 workshop entitled "Ekphrastic Encounters: Animating Art with Words," in which participants offered poetic responses to the University of Manitoba's School of Art Gallery's "Re-configuring Abstraction" exhibit, please click HERE

On April 16, 2013, Canadian Poetries published a conversation about ekphrasis with Sally and with CCWOC affiliate and poet Jennifer Still.  Please click HERE to read that interview. 


Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence:

Mary Louise Chown and Kay Stone - Winter 2012

Patrick Ryan - Fall 2011

Méira Cook – Winter 2011

Ignatius Mabasa - Fall 2010

Roberta Kennedy - Winter  2010

Jan Andrews - Fall 2009

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman  - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007





Sally gives her first reading as the U of M's Fall 2012 Writer-in-Residence

Dr. Renate Eigenbrod, Department Head and Associate Professor of the U of M's Department of Native Studies introduces Sally at her Welcome Event

Native Studies graduate student LEO BASKATAWANG reads a creative piece at Sally's Welcome Event

French graduate student ROBERT NICOLAS reads from a creative work at Sally's Welcome Event

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lori Wilkinson chats with Sally

Dr. Dennis Cooley, U of M Senior Scholar, and CCWOC's Coordinator, Jessica Woolford, discuss Sally's work