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Jane Munro

Jane Munro

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Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer and educator. 

Jane Munro’s newest book, a prose memoir, is Open Every Window (Douglas & McIntyre, 2021).

Her sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her most recent poetry book is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). A Sally Port (Espresso Chapbooks) - short prose pieces about her childhood - came out in 2018.

Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McCLelland & Stewart) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books).

She is a member (with Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, and Susan Gillis) of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs who have published Whisk (Pedlar Press), Rhinoceros (Gaspereau), and Caution Tape (Collusion Books, 2021).

As well as working as a writer, Jane has been employed as a professor of Creative Writing at several universities in BC, done educational planning, research and administration, taught many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences in a wide variety of venues across Canada. She has also given readings in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India and Egypt.

For more than twenty years, she has studied (in Canada and in India) and practiced Iyengar Yoga. 

​In 2012, she moved back to Vancouver – where she grew up and raised her children – after spending twenty years living at Point No Point in a rural area on the coast of Vancouver Island. Although BC has been her home base, she has lived in the USA and Turkey, traveled extensively in India and in Europe, and been to South Africa and Egypt. 

Born (Patricia Jane Southwell) in Chilliwack, BC, she was educated at UBC (undergraduate, M.F.A., Ed.D.), Indiana University (B.A.), and SFU (M.A.). 

Jane Munro is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, League of Canadian Poets, Federation of British Columbia Writers, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Poetry, Memoir
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Open Every Window. 2021, Douglas & McIntyre
Glass Float. 202o, Brick Books
Caution Tape (Yoko's Dogs). 2021, Colusion Books
A Sally Port. 2018, Espresso
Rhinosceros (Yoko's Dogs). 2016, Gaspereau Press
Blue Sonoma. 2014, Brick Books
Whisk (Yoko's Dogs). 2013, Pedlar Press
Active Pass. 2010, Pedlar Press
After the Fire (CD). 2010, Jane Munro
Point No Point. 2006, McClelland & Stewart
Grief Notes & Animal Dreams. 1995, Brick Books
The Trees Just Moved Into A Season Of Other Shapes. 1986, Quarry Press
Daughters. 1982, Fiddlehead Poetry Books


Griffin Poetry Prize for Blue Sonoma, 2015
Bliss Carman Poetry Award for "Master your hands and your feet, your words and your thoughts", 2007
Wedemeyer Award (NUCEA) for best book-length scholarly publication (international) in the field of distance education and independent study. for The Educator Learner Relationship in Distance Education and Dropout, 1992
Pat Lowther Memorial Award, finalist for Daughters, 1983
Macmillan Prize for Poetry (UBC) for Daughters, 1978
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: