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.
I've read and talked about poetry in many venues, to a wide variety of audiences.
I've taught informal short and longer courses on writing poetry. I could do talks and short courses on writing memoir.
I've taught workshops on different topics. Could devise a workshop description to meet your needs in consultation with the organizer.
Off the top of my head now ... "Narrative Techniques for Memoir" ... "Listening for Poems with the Inner Ear" ... "Walking and Writing"
depends on the group, what they're studying, what they need - I'd want to work with the regular teacher so my presentation fit in with the curriculum