Sonia Saikaley

Author and Poet


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My Time in Matsushima

Posted on 24 January, 2018 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)

Thanks so much to the wonderful Christal Ann Rice Cooper for interviewing me on her blog! Check it out:

Kibbeh nayeh meets Sushi

Posted on 21 November, 2017 at 18:10 Comments comments (0)

A real honour to have been interviewed by the wonderful Mo Duffy Cobb. Check out the interview and the amazing work in this issue. Many thanks to Mo and Cargo Literary!

My Writing Day: Walking with my Characters

Posted on 30 September, 2017 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)
Check out my piece about my writing day. Many thanks to the wonderful Rob McLennan for this!

Sonia Saikaley - Local Poet

Posted on 4 September, 2017 at 20:10 Comments comments (0)

"A Samurai's Pink House" featured in Vistas! "These poems read like tales that capture the essence of the human heart and reveal a unique perception of modern existence. At times, the poems are fierce and sharply-focused and other times are soft as the silk of a kimono. The reader peers into the lives of people rising above traumas relating to gender identity, sexism, grief and loneliness. But underlying these situations, there are threads of hope for healing and happiness."

If you live in the Alta Vista/Elmvale Acres area in Ottawa, grab a copy and check out the new issue. Thanks to everyone at VISTAS for this lovely feature!

Sitting Next to Basho - From the JET Programme to a writing career

Posted on 26 August, 2017 at 16:35 Comments comments (0)

Check out my article "Sitting Next to Basho—From the JET Programme to a writing career" in JET Streams. I write about my time in Japan from meeting Basho to eating beef tongue…ah, the adventures I had in the Land of the Rising Sun! Plus there’s some advice for new writers. Enjoy!

What a night!

Posted on 15 July, 2017 at 6:45 Comments comments (0)

What a lovely evening of poetry and music! Thanks so much to all those who were able to make it out to Octopus Books. I am so grateful for your support! Special thanks to the other performers Claudia Radmore, Ryoko Itabashi and Guy Simser. A huge thanks to Pearl Pirie for being such a delightful Emcee. Special thanks to Pei-Ju at Octopus Books for all her help. And to my amazing publicist Renee Knapp and publisher Inanna Publications!

A Year in Japan

Posted on 9 July, 2017 at 17:35 Comments comments (0)

So wonderful and grateful to be featured in Artsfile! Many thanks to Paul Gessell for his support. Enjoy!

A Samurai's Pink House has entered the world!

Posted on 27 May, 2017 at 19:05 Comments comments (0)

After a fabulous launch in Toronto, my new poetry collection “A Samurai’s Pink House” has entered the world! Thanks to those who were able to attend the launch. Your support meant a great deal to me. I would also like to thank my amazing editor Luciana Ricciutelli for her excellent work on my book and for believing in this collection. Big thanks to Renée Knapp, publicist extraordinaire! And to the rest of the gang at Inanna Publications. A special thanks to Val Fullard for the beautiful cover.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book, you can order one from your local bookseller (in Ottawa, I would recommend Octopus Books in the Glebe or Perfect Books on Elgin Street).

The book is also available through my publisher Inanna Publications (, ( and Chapters (

Thanks so much everyone for your support on this amazing journey!

To the chirping birds!

Posted on 25 April, 2017 at 5:40 Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone,

Spring is finally upon us! New beginnings, new adventures, new stories…and, of course, the chirping birds! Check out my recently published stories in Rigorous and The Peacock Journal. I am so grateful to the editors of these beautiful journals. Happy Spring! Enjoy!

Spring Thought

Posted on 3 December, 2016 at 9:00 Comments comments (0)

Although we are starting winter in Ottawa, here's some inspiration that spring is only a few months away :) ...this poem is part of my forthcoming poetry collection “A Samurai’s Pink House” with Inanna Publications. Check it out if the spirit moves you. Thanks so much to Every Day Poems for featuring this poem!