Nominated for the 2001 Trillium Book Award, Charisma is the first novel of celebrated Toronto poet Margaret Christakos. Christakos's work has been called "provocative, original and dazzlingly intelligent." A lush, language-centred novel tracing themes of female subjectivity, mothering and bisexuality.
Margaret Christakos has published three previous collections of poetry: Not Egypt (Coach House Press, 1989), Other Words for Grace (The Mercury Press, 1994), and The Moment Coming (ECW Press, 1998). She has worked for many years as an editor and production coordinator in the feminist and art communities in Toronto, contributing to Fuse Magazine, Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly of Writing, Politics, Art & Culture, Parallélogramme, and Mix: the Magazine of Artist-Run Culture. She taught creative writing for six years at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Born in Sudbury in 1962, she obtained her B.F.A. in Visual Arts & Creative Writing from York University in 1985. In 1995, she completed an M.A. in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Christakos currently lives in Toronto with her partner and their three young children just off the Little Italy strip.