Eva Tihanyi

Eva Tihanyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, and came to Canada at the age of six. She has published five books of poetry and a collection of short stories, and has taught at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario, since 1989. For further information visit her website: www.evatihanyi.com

Questions & Answers

Is there a specific moment that inspired you to pursue poetry?

Not one specific “moment” but I knew when I took my first creative writing class in Grade Ten that poetry was something I could become passionate about. I had a remarkable English teacher named Jack Clark, whose encouragement set me on my course.

How/where do you find inspiration today?

Everywhere and in everything. It’s all about paying attention.

What is your writing process?

Like most writers, I keep a notebook in which I record images, ideas, phrases. It is out of these that poems eventually grow. I am most productive in the early morning.

What is your revision/editing process?

I let a poem sit and keep revisiting it until I feel that it is time to let it go.

Did you write poetry in high school? If yes, how did you get started? If no, why not?

Yes, I began writing poetry in high school. As I said in a previous answer, my English teacher was instrumental.

Do you use any resources that a young poet would find useful (e.g. websites, text books, etc.)?

I have a book of synonyms that has come in very handy over the years (even more so than the thesaurus).

When you were high school aged, what would have been helpful/motivating to hear from a published poet?

That poetry matters. That it can be beautiful and powerful and magical. That talent is not enough; it must be sparked by passion and fueled by craft. That writing is its own reward.


Works by Eva Tihanyi

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Book Reviews by Eva Tihanyi

Excesses
By Bruce Whiteman, Steven Smith, Eva Tihanyi and Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Published in Poets’ Words. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 115 (Winter 1987): 200-202.
  • Post-Sixties Nocturne by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
  • The Invisible World Is in Decline by Bruce Whiteman
  • Blind Zone by Steven Smith

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