Margaret Christakos is a poet, fiction writer and creative writing educator in Toronto. Since 1989, she has published eight collections of poetry since 1989 and a novel, and is anthologized widely. Her work has been acknowledged with several award nominations for the Ontario Trillium Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award twice, and wins of the Bliss Carman Poetry Award and the ReLit Award for Poetry. She was Canada Council Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor in 2004-2005, and since 2006 has taught poetry and creative writing and Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon at U of T School of Continuing Studies. Her most recent book of poetry is Welling (2010, Your Scrivener Press, a Globe Top 100 Book). She is Publishing Editor of influencysalon.ca, an online poetics magazine.