Maria Meindl

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Reading Elsa Gindler: A Historiographic Study of a Somatics Pioneer


Stephen Johnson


Maria Meindl is a PhD candidate, writing her dissertation on Berlin-based movement teacher Elsa Gindler (1885-1961). A lifelong learner, Maria has interspersed her academic pursuits with periods of working as a secretary, dishwasher, creative-writing instructor, research coordinator and managing editor of a literary magazine (not in that order).

She is the author of The Work (Stonehouse publishing, 2019), Outside the Box (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2011, winner of the Alison Prentice Award for Women’s History). She has contributed fiction, poetry, essays and comics to numerous literary journals and has had essays anthologized in The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood, and At the End of Life: True Stories about How We Die. She written two radio series for CBC Ideas: Remembering Polio and Parent Care. She is the founder of the Draft Reading Series, now in its 14th season.

A Feldenkrais practitioner, Maria has been helping people get taller since 2002.

Selected work

The Work, Stonehouse Publishing

Outside the Box

The M Word

At the End of Life

Draft readings


Honours/Awards or Grants Received:

S.S.H.R.C. Doctoral Award 2019-2020