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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Molly Bevan's first poems were supported by her employer, the Bell Telephone Company, in Hamilton, ON.
Mona Clark was a lifelong resident of Toronto. In 1925 she founded Gossip!, a magazine that she edited for forty years.
Mona Gould was a versatile and colourful journalist and poet whose wartime poem, This was my Brother (1942), was highly regarded during and after the Second World War.
Mona Hildegard Coxwell
Mona Hildegarde Coxwell spent her entire life in Toronto, where she founded and edited Curtain Call magazine from 1929 to 1941.
Mona Purser was a prominent Toronto journalist, active from 1913 to 1954.
Muriel Frances Watson
English-born Muriel Frances Watson was a schoolteacher in North Vancouver when she published her only book, Fireweed (1924), inspired by British Columbia’s scenery.
Muriel Goggin Denison
Muriel Denison was well known for her series of Susannah books for girls.
Muriel Miller Humphrey
While living in Kingston, ON, Muriel Miller Humphrey edited two volumes of short stories and published a pamphlet of her own verse in the Ryerson Poetry Chapbook series.
Muriel Miller Miner
Born and raised in New Brunswick, Muriel Miller later lived in Ontario. She wrote about Canadian art and artists, and authored several books about Bliss Carman.
An Olympic athlete, Myrtle Cook enjoyed a long-time career as a sports journalist in Montreal.
Myrtle J. Boa
Nelda MacKinnon Sage
Nelda MacKinnon Sage spent her adult life in Vancouver, BC, where she was known as a poet and playwright.
Best known as an actress, Nell Shipman was also an adept writer in many genres, including fiction, journalism, and film scripts.
Nellie Letitia McClung
Nellie McClung was a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction as well as a formidable social activist who promoted women’s suffrage and parliamentary representation.
Nina Moore Jamieson
Nina Moore Jamieson spent most of her life in Ontario, where she was well known as a poet and newspaper columnist.
Nora Lugrin Shaw
Nora Lugrin Shaw, sister of journalist N. de Bertrand Lugrin, wrote radio scripts that were broadcast in Vancouver during the 1920s.
Nora M. Duncan
The poetry of Nora M. Duncan, who was an active member of the Vancouver Poetry Society, reflected her western locale.
Based in Toronto where she worked in publishing and journalism, poet Norah Holland published two collections of verse.
Norma Ethel Smith
A lifetime resident of Halifax, NS, Norma Ethel Smith was a poet and journalist, and an active member of many cultural and literary organizations.
Octavia Ritchie, one of the first women students to graduate from McGill University, wrote a published report on health in Canada.
Trained as a teacher, Olive Knox wrote children's fiction, biographies, and radio plays, many of which were based on the history of Western Canada.
Poet, author, and visual artist P.K. Page authored over 30 books of poetry, fiction, children’s literature, travel writing, and autobiography over the course of her impressive life-long career.
Pamelia Vining Yule
Baptist poet Pamelia Vining Yule was based in southern Ontario where she was well known for her poetry and her didactic fiction.
A skilled athlete, Patricia Page worked as a sports journalist in Edmonton.
A life-long resident of Toronto, author Pearl Foley was best known for her mystery novels.
Primarily an illustrator, Peggy Harvey also created radio programs and authored two volumes of light verse.
Peggy Webling was a London-based performer and novelist who lived briefly in Canada, the home of her sister, Lucy Webling (Mrs. Walter Jackson McRaye).
Phyllis Elta Argall
Born in Canada and raised by missionaries in Japan, Phyllis Elta Argall became a journalist and recounted her experiences in her memoir, My Life With the Enemy (1944).
A star basketball player, Phyllis Griffiths worked as a pioneer sports journalist in Toronto.
Phyllis Salomons Margolick
During the 1930s and 1940s, Phyllis Salomons Margolick wrote advertising copy and contributed articles to trade and fashion magazines.
A pioneer of Canadian film, Rae Levinksy published poetry and a play and edited the Canadian Motion Picture Digest.
Born in eastern Europe, Regina Lenore Shoolman spent part of her life in Montreal and in Ottawa. Her publications include a translation of Marius Barbeau's collection of of folk songs, a chapbook...
Rhoda Anne Page
Born in England, Rhoda Anne Page was well-known as a poet in the Rice Lake area of Ontario, where she spent her adult life.
Rhoda Cosgrave Sivell
Rhoda Sivell lived on Western ranches, an experience reflected in her poetry
Robina Lizars collaborated with her sister, Kathleen Lizars, on three books of fiction and non-fiction about the history of Ontario.
Born in Montreal and the bilingual author of poems, short stories, and novels, Rosanna Leprohon was one of Canada’s best-known writers during the middle decades of the nineteenth century.
Rose Etheridge Marham
Born in London in 1836, Rosetta Marham published two books after she immigrated to Canada in 1871.
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Author Biographies in CEWW
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