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.
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
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