Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

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Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
1955
Biography: 

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews has written six collections of poetry: The Whispers of Stones, Sea Glass, The Red Accordion, Letters from the Singularity, A Jar of Fireflies, and Sunrise Over Lake Ontario. Nature and one's place in it, as well as memory and social justice, are her muses. Her poems "The Red Accordion" and "Emerald City" were shortlisted for Descant's Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Prize and The Malahat Review's Open Seasons Award respectively. In 2015, her poem "Ghost" received first prize in Big Pond Rumours Journal Contest. Josie is the author of two non-fiction books: How The Italians Created Canada and In the Name of Hockey. She is the host and coordinator of The Oakville Literary Cafe Series. Josie lives, teaches, and writes in Oakville, Ontario.

Micro-interview: 
Did you read poetry when you were in high school? Is there a particular poem that you loved when you were a teenager?: 

Yes, I read poetry when I was in high school. I read work by Margaret Atwood, Irving Layton, and Diane Wakoski.

I mostly loved song lyrics, which in the late 60's and 70's were poems to music. I loved Cat Stevens and early Elton John work, as well as Leonard Cohen, and so many others. 

 

When did you first start writing poetry? And then when did you start thinking of yourself as a poet?: 

The song that started me writing poetry was "For Everything There is a Season" by the Byrds. It is also a passage from the bible. I wrote my first poem entitled "Time" when I came home one day after a grade 9 English class, where we heard that song with a slide presentation about war.

I believe that was the song that made me into a poet. 

 
What do you think a poet’s “job” is?: 

A poet's job is to transcribe the essential. 

I believe each one of us has a way or perceiving things that is unique. We each can serve others by leaving our poetic messages to the world. 

If you had to choose one poem to memorize from our anthology, which one would it be?: 

I would choose "I Feel the Sun" by Wang Xiaoni because it is a sincere meeting with the essential. 

Publications: 
Title: 
A Jar of Fireflies
Publisher: 
Mosaic Press
Editors: 
Mike Walsh
Date: 
2015
Publication type: 
Book
Poem title(s): 
Oncology Department at Trillium Hospital
Title: 
Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology
Publisher: 
Mansfield Press
Editors: 
Priscila Uppal and Meaghan Strimas
Date: 
2018
Publication type: 
Anthology
Poem title(s): 
Sicily
Title: 
Descant Sicily Issue
Publisher: 
Descant
Editors: 
Karen Mulhallen
Date: 
2011
Publication type: 
Periodical/Magazine