Sally Ito

Region: Alberta Manitoba
Born 1964, Alberta


Sally Ito is a writer and translator, born and raised in Taber, Alberta. She has written three books of poetry – Frogs in the Rain Barrel (Nightwood Editions, 1995), Season of Mercy (Nightwood Editions, 1999), and Alert to Glory (Turnstone Press, 2011), and a collection of short stories titled Floating Shore (Mercury Press, 1998). She recently co-translated the poetry of Japanese children’s poet, Misuzu Kaneko with Michiko Tsuboi for the book, Are You an Echo: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko (Chin Music Press, 2016).   In 2018, she published The Emperor’s Orphans (Turnstone), a memoir about her Japanese Canadian family.    She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she teaches creative writing at Canadian Mennonite University.

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