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Emilie Sion Swan Country

Swan Country

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Emilie Sion was born in 1927 in Kansas City, Kansas. She spent her early childhood in Cuba where her father oversaw a sugar cane plantation owned by the Royal Bank of Canada. After the revolution of 1933, the family moved to Massachusetts, where her father tried unsuccessfully to continue his agricultural career. There she went to high school and attended Harvard University while the family lived in her grandmother's house in Melrose. After the death of her father and grandmother, she taught school in Milwaukee and then moved with her sisters and mother to California where she taught school in the Bay Area. There she met her husband, Maurice Sion, a mathematician, and together with their young family, they moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she started writing poetry. Although she always returned to Vancouver, the family lived a time in Fiesole, Italy and Strasbourg, France. She spent summers at Francois Lake in the Lakes District of British Columbia and in the later years of her life she spent the winter months of each year in Paris.

Emilie Sion started writing poetry in the late 1960s. She was fascinated by the connection between the spirit and the real world. The Italian, French, and above all the BC landscapes that she encountered, and the people with whom she shared her experiences, inspired much of her poetry. Many of her early poems were published in Canadian and American literary journals such as Prism International, Quarry, Event, Pierian Spring, The Fiddlehead, Northern Light, The Far Point, Canadian Poetry, Poetry Venture, Sou-wester, Quartet, American Weave, Waves, Oasis, Expression, The Malahat Review, Northeast, The Canadian Forum, Edge, The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse, and Trace. She gave readings wherever she went, including the Literary Storefront in Vancouver and Writers and Company in Paris. Towards the end of the 1980s she stopped submitting her poetry to literary publications, but she did not stop writing poetry. In fact, much of the poetry she wrote from the late 1980s until she stopped writing poetry in the early 2000s, while never published, is perhaps her most accessible and assured work.


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