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Jean Rae Baxter

Jean Rae Baxter

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Jean Rae Baxter (née Fox) was born in Toronto but grew up in Hamilton. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a B.Ed degree from Queen’s. She is an ex-copywriter and ex-teacher. Married to a Queen’s University English professor, she lived for many years in the Kingston area. Following her return to Hamilton in 1996, she kept the promise she had made to herself and began to write in earnest. As Co-chair of the Arts Hamilton Literary Advisory Committee and one of the organizers of the LiT LiVe Reading Series, Baxter was an active member of Hamilton’s writing community. In 2016 she returned to Kingston, where she currently lives. She has conducted a series of memoir writing workshops for seniors, titled "Telling Your Story".  "The Knotted Rope,"  the sixth and final novel in the Y/A "Forging  Nation" series, published by Ronsdale Press, was released in February 2022.

Gold Medal. Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. YA Fiction-Historical/Cultural
I write professionally in the following language(s):


The Knotted Rope. 2022, Ronsdale Press
Hope's Journey. 2015, Ronsdale Press
The White Oneida. 2014, Ronsdale Press
Respectable Appearance. 2013, Marenga Publishers (Tel Aviv)
Freedom Bound. 2012, Ronsdale Press
Broken Trail. 2011, Ronsdale Press
Scattered Light. 2011, Seraphim Editions
Looking for Cardenio. 2008, Seraphim Editions
The Way Lies North. 2007, Ronsdale Press
A Twist of Malice. 2005, Seraphim Editions


Arts Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction for The White Oneida, 2015
Gold Medal. Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. YA Fiction-Historical/Cultural for Broken Trail, 2011
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