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Maggie Helwig : biography

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Maggie Helwig (born 1961) is a Canadian poet, novelist and social justice activist.


Helwig has been involved in social activist groups such as TAPOL, the East Timor Alert Network, and the which campaigned against the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. She has also worked with the Women in Black network, particularly during the Balkan wars of the 1990s., Published in Pulse Niagara, August 7–13, 2008. Retrieved 2010-12.28. She was also a well known advocate for Toronto's branch of the Occupy Wall St. Movement, and was one of 3 clergy from different denominations ticketed for setting up a chapel at the Occupy Toronto 're-occupation' camp on May 1, 2012.



  • Walking Through Fire, 1981
  • Tongues of Men and Angels, 1985
  • Eden, 1987
  • Because the Gunman, 1987
  • Talking Prophet Blues, 1989
  • Graffiti for J.J. Harper, 1991
  • Eating Glass, 1994
  • The City on Wednesday, 1996
  • One Building In the Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2002


  • Gravity Lets You Down, 1997 (short fiction)
  • Where She Was Standing, 2001
  • Between Mountains, 2004
  • Girls Fall Down, 2008


  • Apocalypse Jazz, 1993
  • Real Bodies, 2002

Academic career

Her early education was at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (KCVI) in Kingston, Ontario, graduating in 1979,Canadian Forum; Apr2000, Vol. 79 Issue 887, p17, 3p, 1 Black and White Photograph then at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where she graduated with an honours B.A. in 1983.

After reading for an MDiv and serving as co-Head of Divinty at Trinity College, Toronto, she was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Anglican Church of Canada at St. Paul's, Bloor Street, Toronto on 1 May 2011, and subsequently to the priesthood on 22 January 2012.

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