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Amanda Jernigan

Photo: John Haney 2016

Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poems, Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011) and All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant, 2013), as well as of the monograph Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger (Frog Hollow, 2014). She edited The Essential Richard Outram for Porcupine's Quill in 2011, and co-edited Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry with Evan Jones, for Fitzhenry & Whiteside, in 2015. Her first book of poems was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Award, and named to National Public Radio's list of best books of the year; her second was named to Michael Lista's "best poetry" list for 2013 (National Post). Her poems have been set to music by composers including Colin Labadie, James Rolfe and Michael Purves-Smith; they have been anthologized in Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry (Cormorant, 2011), Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (Biblioasis, 2008), and The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books; 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016); and they have been featured on line by Best American Poetry and the Poetry Foundation. They have also appeared in magazines in Canada (including Arc Poetry Magazine, Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, Riddle Fence and The Walrus), the States (Able Muse, Atlanta Review, Parnassus, The Nation, and Poetry), and the U.K. (Dark Horse, PN Review). Jernigan is an essayist as well as a poet, and has written for the stage, collaborating with the members of DaPoPo Theatre in Halifax on the productions Four Actors in Search of a Nation and 13 Ways of Looking at a Madman. In 2009, DaPoPo workshopped Jernigan's full-length play Drinking Song, for a public reading that happened as part of their annual "Live-In" festival. Jernigan grew up in Nithburg, Ontario, and lived for many years in New Brunswick and Newfoundland, working as an editor, scholar, and teacher. She now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband (artist John Haney) and their two children.

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Groundwork: poems. Biblioasis, 2011
All the Daylight Hours: poems. Cormorant Books, 2013
Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger. Frog Hollow Press, 2014
The Essential Richard Outram (ed. Amanda Jernigan). Porcupine's Quill, 2011
Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry (ed. Amanda Jernigan and Evan Jones). Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015
Lullaby (music by James Rolfe, poem by Amanda Jernigan). Cypress Choral Music, 2016


Arc Poetry Magazine Confederation Poets Prize for Penelope in Heavy Weather, 2009
Arc Poetry Magazine Critic's Desk Award for Listening to Margaret Avison, 2010
National Public Radio 'Best Book' for Groundwork: poems, 2011
Shortlisted author, Pat Lowther Award for Groundwork: poems, 2011
Bryan Prince Bookseller Award for Poetry (Hamilton Arts Council) for Groundwork: poems, 2011
Hamilton Arts Award for Writing, 2015
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