Irene Fantopoulos' Biography
Irene Fantopoulos was born in Greece and immigrated to Canada as a young child. She is a writer of both fiction and memoir. Several of her stories about growing up Greek in Canada have appeared in greekgateway.com and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Her story The Song that Changed my Life was shortlisted for CBC Canada Writes. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Toronto Writer’s Collective 2018 Anthology, the Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments, and various online and print magazines. Her poem, Never There? was a top 10 finalist for the Winston Collins Prize in Poetry.
She has a B.A. in Criminology and a Master's in Clinical Social Work. Irene worked in the mental health field and with victims of domestic violence before taking an opportunity with the Ontario Public Service over 30 years ago. While there, Irene honed her business writing and facilitation skills. She led many instructional workshops in communications and marketing, human resources, policy development, and project management. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and has a certificate in creative writing from George Brown College.
Her experience and educational background inspired her to write her debut novel, All the Evil Scatters. The story is about a serial killer set against the backdrop of the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently working on several projects. Irene lives in Toronto with her dog, Neo.