ELISA HATEGAN is a Jewish Romanian-Canadian author, public speaker and journalist whose poetry and prose have appeared in several literary journals and publications throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Based on her non-fiction manuscript Race Traitor, Elisa has won a Toronto Arts Grant, an Ontario Arts Council grant, and a Work-in-Progress grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, in addition to a scholarship to the Humber School for Writers' summer workshop.
As a teenager, Elisa was the inspiration behind the 1998 CBC film White Lies, which starred Sarah Polley as Elisa. Her story has since been published in the memoir Race Traitor: The True Story of Canadian Intelligence's Greatest Cover-Up.
Elisa is a renowned public speaker and subject matter expert on anti-racism, extremist political movements and terrorist recruitment tactics. She has been interviewed by CBC, CTV, CityTV, Global TV, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Metro News, Macleans, Now Magazine, Xtra, Vision TV, Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Jewish News and various international media. She has also appeared as a keynote speaker for Toronto City Hall, LGBT, Jewish and community groups.
Elisa has been featured in numerous press articles and documentaries that exposed the illegal activities of the Canadian far right. She has been invited to speak about anti-racism and homophobia to high school audiences across Ontario, Quebec, BC and Nova Scotia, and at community gatherings such as the Toronto Mayor’s Committee on Race Relations.
Much of Elisa’s writing is related to the universal themes of identity and belonging. Her writing has appeared in premier Canadian literary journals that include The Fiddlehead, Grain Magazine and Contemporary Verse 2.
A magna cum laude University of Ottawa graduate with a double major in Criminology and Psychology, Elisa has a Journalism certificate from Michigan State University and a Social Media Marketing certificate from George Brown College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
As a creative writing facilitator, she has provided art workshops to teenagers and female prison inmates and is dedicated to promoting artistic expression in the community, particularly among low-income women and at-risk youth.
She currently lives in the Toronto area where she runs the popular Incognito Press blog and works as a freelance writer and social media consultant.
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