Ted Plantos Dedication
Sciascio-Andrews lives and writes in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
She was born in Italy, where she was educated for the first 13 years
of her life. Her family, then moved to Oakville, where she resided
ever since. With a love for books and writing, in high school she
earned many awards and graduated as an Ontario Scholar and with
a U of T Entrance Scholarship. There she pursued studies in Italian
and French literature, as well as Spanish, English and Psychology.
She received an Honours B.A., an M.A. in Italian Literature a Specialist
Degree in French and a B.Ed. in Educational Administration. Completing
her graduate work at St. Michael's College in 2008, led her to Harvard
University, where her essay on Calvino's Trilogy was selected for
presentation in a Harvard Conference entitled "Il Testo in
Movimento/Text in Movement". Her essay on Petrarch's contemporary
and Italian Renassaince poet Vittoria Colonna, was subsequently
selected for a conference at the University of Minneapolis. "The
Sublimation of Eros in Vittoria Colonna's "Rime Spiritual"
highlights the lyrical passion of a woman who wrote in the prescribed
form of her century, with the ethos of a contemporary poet. Through
the M.A. program, Josie also had the opportunity to write a non-fiction,
historical documentation of Italian immigration and contribution
to the Canadian cultural landscape, part of a heritage series by
Dragon-Hill Press, entitled "How the Italians Created Canada".
In 2015, her second non-fiction book "In the Name of Hockey",
a closer look at emotional abuse in children's sports, was released
on Amazon and Chapters-Indigo by Friesen Press.
is now teaching French as a second language and drama. Words, languages,
literature and art are her passion. She has been active in the Oakville
literary community since 2004, when her poem "Sea Glass",
which became the title of her first collection, won first prize in
an Oakville Poetry Cafe contest. For years, Josie was a member of
Pelican's, an editing and critiquing group run by poet Elka Ruth Enola.
For many years, she has co-ordinated poetry events and contests in
Halton schools, through the League of Canadian Poets, for April Poetry
Month. In conjunction with local artist Angela Sealey, she has co-ordinated
a poetry-art publication by local students. Josie has judged many
poetry and short story contests for the Canadian Federation of Poets,
the Oakville Library and the Oakville Arts Council writing competitions.
She was invited to be the spotlight speaker for the 2015 Write2Xpress
Literary Contest by the Oakville Arts Council. One of the highlights
of 2015, other than having two collections of poems and one non-fiction
book published, was being nominated as a member of the Toronto Heliconian
Club, an exclusive group of women in the Literary Arts.
1. Pen - America
2. The Toronto Heliconian Club for Women in the Arts
3. The Ontario Poetry Society Oakville Chair/Manager
4. The League of Canadian Poets
5. The Oakville Literary Alliance
6. The Italian-Canadian Writers Association
1. The Malahat Review, 2014 Shortlist - Open Season Award, Poem
Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem, 2013 Shortlist, Poem "The
Canada Literary Review,Summer Sports Poetry Competition, 2010-11
Poetry Top Three
Carleton University, Italian Week Poetry Contest, First prize and
jury prize Four consecutive years
Arts Council Literary Award, Red Carpet Gala Event, Nomination for
2009 and 2013
Anthology Contest, First Prize, Poem "Immigrants Fishing on
the Oakville Pier"
Words Anthology Contest, First Prize, "The Aloe Plant on my
Poetry Cafe Contest, First prize, Poem "Sea Glass"
Stellar Literary Festival, Top Three, Poem "Nocturne"
Stellar Literary Festival, Honourable Mention, Poem "Raison
1. Inanna Journal of Women Studies Anthology, York University 2015,
"Women: Remembering Water"
2.. The Malahat Review, Open Seasons
3. Descant "Sicily" Anthology
4. Leaf Press "The Wild Weathers" Anthology
5. University of Toronto's Comparative Literature Journal, Anthology
6. University of Toronto Italian Canadiana
7. Canadian Voices Volume 1 and Volume 2 Anthologies
Anthology - First prize winning poem - 2008
Aspirations "Borderlines" and "The Crooked Ledge
of Another Day" Anthologies
Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, "Borderless Skies" Anthology
Whispers of Stones" Beret Days Press
Glass" Espresso Bar Publishing
Red Accordion" Lyrical Myrical Press
from the Singularity" In Our Words Publishing
Jar of Fireflies" Mosaic Press
the Italians Created Canada" Dragon-Hill Press
the Name of Hockey" Friesen Press
Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
122 Tracina Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6L-4B7