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Erin Emily ann Vance


books and solo works


Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers  (Novel, Stonehouse Publishing, Fall 2019)


Unsuitable (Chapbook, APEP Publications, Fall 2019)


The Sorceress Who Left Too Soon: Poems After Remedios Varo (Chapbook, Coven Editions, May 2019)

  • Illustrated by Manahil Bandukwala
  • “Erin Emily Ann Vance’s The Sorceress Who Left Too Soon is a violently breathtaking examination of death and its feasting shadows. With a melancholic voice that weaves dark witchcraft into the mind and spirit, Vance transfixes her audience in this ethereal and severely sinister collection.”
    — Effy Winter, Author of Flowers of the Flesh (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2019)
  • With language that dazzles and haunts, Erin Emily Ann Vance has honored the work of surrealist Remedios Varo in every line of these poems. In The Sorceress Who Left Too Soon each poem is more visceral and strange than the last. There is a deep melancholy here, but something more: a door to a realm beyond our own, where reality unspools and freedom is found. 
    — Catherine Garbinsky, author of All Spells are Strong Here (Ghost City Press, 2018)


The Significance of Home (with Stacey Walyuchow) (Chapbook, 2019)


Someday I Will No Longer Write About You (Chapbook, Loft on Eighth Press, 2019)


Spoiled Milk + Wet Specimen (Leaflet, The Blasted Tree Art Collective & Publishing Co., 2018)


The Night Will be Long But Beautiful: The Life and Death of Jeff Lakes (Chapbook, Loft on Eighth Press, 2016)

  • This chapbook was also made into an exquisite art book by printmaker Tim van Wijk in 2017, for the Canada Council funded project, Print(ed) Word with Loft 112 and Alberta Printmakers. You can view it in the West vestibule of Calgary Central Library's TD Great Reading Room.


Fiction and Poetry


  • 2019​

Freefall Magazine: "Crow Theory" forthcoming

  • Shortlisted for the Freefall Annual Prose and Poetry Contest

Grain Magazine: "No One Believes You Except for the Dead" forthcoming

Arc Poetry Magazine: "Hagiography of Owls" forthcoming

EVENT: "Washerwoman" forthcoming​

Switchback: "Vegetarian Vampires" forthcoming​

Boned, A Collection of Skeletal Writings: "No one is Coming to Save You," "Black Boots," "Devilled Eggs for Midnight Supper," "Ferta, Unsettled, 1959," "The Skin Between Egg and Shell," "Phossy Jaw," "Autopsy," "A History of Touching" forthcoming

The War Memory Anthology (AWCS): "Riley Park, 1917," "A Recipe for Strawberry Pudding" ​forthcoming 

The Short Édition Short Story Dispenser: "Happy Hour," "The Emporium of Dead and Broken Things," "A Half-Life," "Illustration and Dissection"

  • Available at the Calgary Central Library and online until December 31, 2019

Hamilton Arts and Letters: "Root Rot"

Literary Review of Canada: "Interior With Sudden Joy"

Wilde Boy: "Threat"

Augur: "Advice from Granny Moon"

​Honey and Lime: "Twelve Weeks and the Virgin Mary Cries for Me"

The Selkie: "Birthday", "Conjoined"

Collective Unrest: "Rosemary's Lobotomy" "The Familiar,""A Theory of Anatomies"

Dusie: “Alice Discovers all the Rabbits are Dead"

Canthius: “Female Spirit of the Night,” “Bloodletting”

Bindweed: "Incubator," "Layering"

Collective Unrest: "The Mouth of Lynnhaven"

Train, a poetry journal: "harvest"

​Dodging the Rain: "The Birdwatcher," "Porcelain," "Mademoiselle Sagee," "To Mummify a Tongue"

Literary Orphans: "Eva and the Planchette"

​Burning House Press: "Quiet Wife"

​Dodging the Rain: "Slaughtering Time," "Rheumatic Pain II," "Premonition," "Wild Cat as Pallbearer"

Door is a Jar 9: "Lullaby for Highway 1"

The Anti-Languorous Project, Blog:  "Twelve Weeks and the Virgin Mary Cries for Me" 

  • winner of the December flash contest


  • 2018


NŌD Magazine: "Soft Tissue, Bone Tissue"

Untethered 4.2: "Probable Specimens from the Western Canadian Museum of Prairie Murder Weapons" 

Train, a poetry journal: "At Sunnyside Station"

Rhythm of the Bones: Dark Marrow: "Another Resurrection" 

Bad Nudes: "Red Bird in Window" 

​Barren Magazine: "The Purported Last Words of Ruth Blay"

Wyrd & Wyse (Defunct): "Little Sister," "Leaving Bluebeard," "Witch Going to the Sabbath" 

The Quilliad 10: "This Little Web, This Little World" 

In/Words 18.1: "Her Writhing Fever" 

​You are Not Your Rape: A Rhythm and Bones Anthology: "This Shining Fever" 

Wilde Boy: "Boy: An Erasure of Robert Browning's The Laboratory"

The Anti-Languorous Project, Blog:  "Crepuscular Time" 

  • winner of the October flash contest

Three Drops From a Cauldron: "Bucolic" 

Pussy Magic, All Hallow's Eve: "Breakup Spells 1&2,"  "Moorwitch," "Where Bragg Creek Meets the Elbow River" 

Pussy Magic: "Spell to Finish A Masters Thesis," "Protection Spell for Poetry Readings" 

The Poetry Society of New York, Spilt Milk: "Initiation" 

Talking About Strawberries All of the Time: "Axe Tidings"  

The Anti-Languorous Project, Blog:  "A Half-Life" 

  • winner of the September flash contest

Coffin Bell Journal: "Keep Very Still and Quiet,""Couples Counselling for Ghosts,""Ice Fishing in May"

Barren Magazine: "Dead Leaves" 

  • Nominated for the Pushcart Prize

The Ambrosia Literary Review: "Death Cap in November," "Lac La Biche" 
Vessel Press (Defunct): "You Always Want to Leave," "She is a Wanderer and a Spinner"

Post Ghost Press: "Urban Beekeeping"

Rose Quartz Journal: "Phases of Gone" (visual poetry suite)

The Anti-Languorous Project, Blog:  "Happy Hour"

  • winner of the August flash contest

Awkward Mermaid: "Crossing the Wires," "Being Alive was the Hard Part" 

The Anti-Languorous Project:, Antilang 2: "Birdbones," "Mistress" 

The Anti-Languorous Project:, Soundbite 1: "Awake in Roscommon" 

Half A Grapefruit: "Flickers," "Missing Persons Report," "The Man in the Bowler Hat, by the Pond Out Back" 

Cauldron Anthology: "Only Death to Me," "Heavy Breather"

The Occulum: "Room" 

The Black Dog Review: "To the Widow Writing to the Inmates at Ponoka," "Crumbs"

Terse Journal: "verum, n." 

Revue Post: "with her legs dangling over the edge of the maidenhead bridge" 

Plentitude: "Evernia Prunastri" 

The /tƐmz/  Review: "Cervinae," "Weeds," "thumb," "the drag of the key in the lock"

  • "the drag of the key in the lock" has been nominated  for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology

The Warren Review: “Nuptial Flight”
The Anti-Languorous Project, Antilang 1: “Honey Cookery,” “Spring,” “Hymn”

  • "Honey Cookery" has been nominated  for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology


  • 2017


Rejected McSweeney’s Lists: "Proposed Articles That Were Promised a Response but Never Even Got a Follow-Up Email"
Human Parts: “Spells to Banish Depression”
Contemporary Verse 2: “Homecoming”
The White Wall Review: “Formicidae,” “Corvus”

Untethered 3.2: “Finnabair”
Petal Journal: “Macha,” “Grace O’Malley.”
NŌD Magazine: “Macroglossum,”(21) “Winterbee”(22)

filling station #68: “All the Pretty Bones”(Shortlisted for a 2018 AMPA Showcase Award in Fiction)


  • 2016

Existere: “Dear Julia”
Petal Journal: “Tricks,” “The Falling Sickness”
NŌD Magazine 21: “Beta Vulgaris,” “The Conservatory”

  • "Beta Vulgaris" was also selected as part of the 2017 People's Poetry Festival Artist and Poet Pairing (Artist: Nicole Love)

Dual Coast Magazine: "Charlotte" 


  • 2015


The Boiler Review: “Charlotte,” “Cling”
Eleventh Transmission: “Wrists,” “Fibre Glass”
The Murmur House: “Lion”
The Ignatian Literary Magazine: “Poor Sister Nazarene”
(Parenthetical): “Panic”
Untethered 2.1: “Lungs”
s/tick: “Drop,” “Rebecca,” “Dead Birth”
NŌD Magazine 18: “Clatter,” “Vermeer’s Light”
Human Parts: “This Shining Fever”
Qwerty Magazine 34: “Panic”

After the Pause: "Skin Signs, Still the Girl he Married"

Sharkpack Poetry Review: "Sirenomelia"

Clockwise Cat: "Dissolving," "Some of Us"

The Birds We Piled Loosely: "Constant," "Spring," "Mariam"

Fry Your Friends: "Have You Noticed Yet?"

Weekly Poem: "Leaving"


  • 2014


NŌD Magazine 17: “Teşekkürler,” “{iii}”

The Snapping Twig: "Skin," "Cresol," "Fifteen"


  • 2013

The Gauntlet: "Snapshots of 17"
WAX Poetry and Art Magazine: "Boa Constrictor"(1st Place in Autumn Contest)




On Submitting: Article, 2018

Atlas Obscura: Tesco Metro, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2018)

FLURT Magazine (Defunct): Numerous Articles (additional copies available in print/PDF edition here and here.)
Calgary Prime Times: "The Sickening Sea"

The Gauntlet: "Bullied"

Gender Focus: "10 Unsung, Real Women to Look Up To"

Unbound Magazine: "7 Smutty Stories for the Adult Harry Potter Fan"

My (Small Press) Writing Day: Article, 2018


I have also written for Grip Magazine, Edmonton and Calgary Senior News, and Edmonton Women's Magazine.


As Editor


Honey Pot Literary Miscellany
NŌD Magazine: Managing Editor 2015-2016