MARIANNE MICROS expresses, in her creative writing and in her critical writing, a passion for old-world cultures and mythologies, for European history and literature of the Renaissance, and for new-world experiences of adults and children today. In her anthology of short fiction, Eye, to be published in 2018 by Guernica Editions, she explores the mythology, folklore, Greek customs, and old-world cultures that have fascinated her all her life. Her publications include: a book of poetry about her Greek family (Upstairs Over the Ice Cream, Ergo); a poetry collection that focuses primarily on her search for ancestors and family members in Greece (Seventeen Trees, Guernica); and poems and short fiction in anthologies and journals. She has also published scholarly articles on Renaissance and contemporary subjects and a bibliographical monograph on Al Purdy. Marianne’s suite of poems Demeter’s Daughters was shortlisted for the Gwendolyn MacEwen poetry competition in 2015 and published in Exile: The Literary Quarterly.
Marianne obtained her Ph.D. in English from The University of Western Ontario and, after some thirty years of teaching, has now retired from her career as an English professor at the University of Guelph, where she taught Renaissance literature, Scottish literature, folktales, and creative writing. Marianne is currently compiling her new poems into a book entitled The Aphrodite Suite and is working on a second collection of stories.