by George J. Dance

Desi diNardo

Desi DiNardo. Courtesy Desi di Nardo Online.

Desi Di Nardo
Born 1972
Nationality Canada Canadian
Education B.A.
Alma mater University of Toronto
Notable work(s) The Plural of Some Things (2008)

Desi Di Nardo (born 1972) is a Canadian poet.


Desi Di Nardo was born in Toronto in 1972,[1] and has lived all her life in that city's Annex neighborhood.[2] She has a degree in English literature from the University of Toronto.[3]

Her first published poem was "Rainbird in the Annex" printed in the 2001 Fireweed Millennium Double Issue. (In 2006, the Toronto Transit Commission selected the same poem to use in their Poetry on the Way series.)[2]

Her poetry has since appeared in magazines that include the Literary Review of Canada, Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Lichen, Black Bear Review, Rampike, and 13th Moon. Her prose has appeared in the Literary Review and the National Post. Some of her work was also selected to be performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for International Women's Day, and printed in the accompanying A Celebration of Women in the Arts chapbook.[2]

Di Nardo is concerned about animal rights and welfare, and is a member of the SPCA and PETA. Her favorite writers are Gwendolyn MacEwen and Alice Munro.[3]




  • "Jabberwocky" and "Zephyr," Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Winter 2006
  • "Alas We Were," "Sentimentality Frayed" and "Ode to Rupert," Kimera, 2004
  • "Ruby Garden," Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Fall/Winter 2003
  • "La-La-Bye," "Hair's to Her" and "Corncrake Girl," 13th Moon, 2003
  • "My Little Brother," Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Spring/Summer 2002
  • "Zabaglione," Fireweed, May 2002
  • "Exposed," Lichen, Spring 2002
  • "Prosopopoeia" and "Sprinting Clean" Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Winter/Spring 2002
  • "Dingbat in My Tea," Rampike, 2002
  • "Poetry on Lake Simcoe," The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, Fall 2001
  • "Dementia," "Sky Urchin" and "Cattails in the Dark," Black Bear Review, Fall/Winter 2001
  • "Demise of Her," Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Winter/Spring 2001
  • "Alas We Were," "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "Ladybug Languished," Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Summer/Fall 2001
  • "Rainbird in the Annex" and "Onomatopoeia," Fireweed - Millennium Double Issue, Spring 2001
  • "Canadian Moose," Literary Review of Canada, February 2001


  • "Leonard Cohen of Montreal," Descant, Winter 2006
  • "To Her Place Near the River," National Post, July 15, 2006
    • Reprinted in The Vancouver Sun, July 29, 2006
    • Reprinted in The Edmonton Journal, August 5, 2006
  • "Putting Crack in the Mould," He Drown She in the Sea by Shani Mootoo, Women's Post, December 2005
  • "Housewife Finds Time to Write Short Stories", Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro by Sheila Munro, Literary Review of Canada, Summer 2001
  • "Jumpstarting the Words," A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem by Susan Ioannou, Literary Review of Canada, November 2000
  • "Word in the Street," Word: Toronto's Literary Calendar, November 1998

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the University of Toronto.[5]

See alsoEdit

Poetry - Desi DiNardo05:06

Poetry - Desi DiNardo


  1. "Biography,", Web, June 5, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Desi DiNardo: Biography," Canadian Poetry Online,, Web, June 5, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Background," Desi Di Nardo Online,, Web, June 5, 2011.
  4. "The Cure is a Forest,", Web, June 5, 2011.
  5. "Desi DiNardo: Publications," Canadian Poetry Online,, Web, June 5, 2011.

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