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About Eva Tihanyi



Eva Tihanyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1956 and came to Canada at the age of six. She lives in historic Port Dalhousie,  part of St. Catharines, Ontario, and taught at Niagara College from 1989 to 2020.

Tihanyi has published eight books of poetry and one short story collection, Truth and Other Fictions (Inanna, 2009), which The Globe and Mail hailed as “an impressive and promising debut…a wonderfully written collection of takes on the elusiveness of truth.”  The Largeness of Rescue (Inanna, 2016) won a Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2017.

In 2018 Tihanyi and Toronto musician/composer Carlie Howell received a Canada Council grant for their collaboration When Lightning Strikes the River. Tihanyi wrote the lyrics and Howell composed and performed the music. The result premiered at the Tranzac Club in Toronto on April 28, 2019, and a studio recording is planned.

In addition to her own writing, up until 2008 Tihanyi wrote numerous freelance book reviews for The Toronto Star and The National Post.

Tihanyi is a long-standing member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. She was also the First Novels columnist for Books in Canada from 1995 to 1999. Her work has appeared in over 50 periodicals and numerous anthologies.


The Largeness of Rescue

In the Key of Red

Truth and Other Fictions


“Tihanyi’s “work is concise and compressed, lucid and complex at the same time. Although the stories are short in length, they are deep and rich in references that reward a reader in much the same way that poetry does: there’s more here than meets the eye.…”

Isabel Huggan

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“Eva Tihanyi writes with clarity by employing powerful metaphors and epigrammatic language with an unflinching philosophical honesty to capture the conditions of our lives. If there is a dark atmosphere in some of these poems, there is also an underlying hope expressed in tender affirmation.”

– Laurence Hutchman, author of Beyond Borders