Dorothy SjÃ¶holm is a former English teacher, a word junkie, and a perpetual student who lives and writes in Riverdale. Somewhat lazy about submitting and publishing her work, she roused herself to celebrate the millennium by self publishing a book of poems and short stories, Holding the Mirror, (Sampo Books, 2000) a successful fund raiser for Out of the Cold programs in the GTA. â€“ and a project which resulted in a letter from Leonard Cohen, one of her most prized possessions! Then, following a lengthy hiatus, she produced a chapbook, wait for the final explosion (2007) which quickly sold out.
Her poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and Great Britain, and have won recognition from lichen (Tracking a Serial Poet – short list, 2005) The Ontario Poetry Society (2003-1st Place; 2005-3rd Place and Honourable Mention) the Scarborough Arts Council (Honourable Mention, 2005) and the Writersâ€™ Circle of Durham Region (Dan Sullivan Contest- 2nd place – 2000, 2006). She is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, and an ardent fan of Hot Sauced Words.
In an attempt to give back to the writing community which she has found so supportive, Dorothy co-ordinated the Dan Sullivan Contest in 2005, and assisted with the judging in 2003 and 2004. She has also given readings and poetry writing workshops to a womenâ€™s group that meets at a local Anglican mission.
When sheâ€™s not playing with her dog at Cherry Beach, or cottaging at Kennebec Lake, she enjoys canoeing, cycling, skiing, hanging out with her husband and friends on the Danforth, and conspiring with fellow poets at the Renaissance.
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