Sonia Di Placido is a poet, playwright, writer, artist and actor/director. She has taken courses with the Creative Writing (Optional-Residency) MFA Program at University of British Columbia. Sonia is a graduate of The Ryerson Theatre School (Toronto) with an Actor’s Diploma, Ryerson University 1996 and is a graduate of the Hons. BA Humanities Program at York University 2006. She also has a post-graduate certificate in Magazine Publishing from Ryerson University, 2003.
Sonia has worked as a Supernumerary with the Canadian Opera Company from 2005 to 2008. Her most memorable experience was the opening of the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre (Toronto). The now deceased, infamous Canadian Opera Company Artistic Director, Richard Bradshaw, opened the new ‘house’ for both the Canadian Opera Company and The National Ballet in September 2006. That season began with the elaborate production of Wagner’s (entire 4 opera) Ring Cycle. Sonia has also worked on various Theatre productions in Toronto and abroad both collectively and professionally between 1990 and 2000.
Sonia is a member of The Association of Italian Canadian Writers, The League of Canadian Poets, The Ontario Poetry Society, The Canadian Women in Literary Arts and The Writer’s Union of Canada. She has published 3 chapbooks: Vulva Magic by Lyricalmyrical Press, 2004, Forest Primitive by Aeolus House, 2008 and The Akashic Wood by Lyricalmyrical Press, April 2016.
Writing has appeared in blogs, literary print and online journals: Toronto Quarterly Blog, Carousel, The Puritan, The White Wall Review 38, Jacket2, The California Journal of Women Writers, Canthius Journal for Women and Juniper Poetry Magazine.
Two Anthologies worthy of mention: Walk Myself Home, An Anthology of Violence Against Women, Caitlin Press 2010 & The Poet to Poet (An Anthology of Canadian poets writing about other Poets), Guernica Editions 2012. Her most recent book of poetry, Exaltation in Cadmium Red was published by Guernica Editions in 2012. guernicaeditions.com.
In September 2016 Sonia spent one month in Tianjin-Binhai and Beijing China on a Writer’s Residency funded by the China Writer’s Association and the Tianjing Writer’s Association. She met and worked with internationally renowned Beijing Poet, Xi Chuan.
Sonia has facilitated two Poetry Workshops in Toronto between September 2014 and May 2015. Poets: Patricia Louise Lowther & Gwendolyn MacEwen were Canadian Modern Women Poets suffering from addictions abuse, violence against women, domestic abuse and mental-health related struggles such as depressive episodes and/or PTSD. These workshops were offered to encourage writers to learn more about Canadian Modern Female Poets and their History, practice Literary Writing techniques, and develop compassion for artists and creative women writers struggling with mental health.
A full-length poetry book is forthcoming in 2018.
For books and information contact: [sonia dot diplacido at gmail dot com]