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Jane Munro

Photo: ©Belle Ancell 2019

As if “a voice spoke her name and woke her,” Jane Munro’s new poems are openhearted, yet quick and taut, with a playful – even biting – wit. How can Blue Sonoma be so elegant, so apparently simple, when each poem is a tinderbox?

Anne Simpson on Blue Sonoma

Jane Munro’s newest poetry collection is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). In 2018, Espresso Chapbooks published A Sally Port, short prose pieces about her childhood. Munro's sixth poetry collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) andGrief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books, 1995). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of the collaborative group Yoko’s Dogs whose first book, Whisk, was published by Pedlar Press in 2013. Gaspereau Press published Rhinoceros in 2016 and Viola is forthcoming from Pedlar Press in 2021. 

Jane Munro lives in Vancouver. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun and The Victoria Times-Colonist, as well as in literary journals from across Canada. She has read her poetry to audiences in every province of Canada and the Yukon. She has also given readings in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India and Egypt.

A long-time practitioner of Iyengar Yoga, Munro goes to India to study. Her doctorate is in Adult Education and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English. She’s juggled writing, studying and teaching with family, friends, travel and yoga. For twenty years, she lived with her second husband on the “Wild Coast” of Vancouver Island. Now, her urban self gets to sparkle.

Jane Munro is a member of The Writers’ Union of CanadaLeague of Canadian Poets, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

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Publications

Daughters. Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1982.
The Trees Just Moved Into a Season of Other Shapes. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1986.
Grief Notes & Animal Dreams. London, ON: Brick Books, 1995
Point No Point. McClelland & Stewart, 2006
Active Pass. Pedlar Press, 2010
Jane Munro: After the Fire. Waterfront Studio, 2011
Blue Sonoma. Brick Books, 2014
A Sally Port. Espresso Chapbooks, 2018
Glass Float. Brick Books, 2020
Whisk (by Yoko's Dogs). Pedlar Press, 2013
Rhinoceros (by Yoko's Dogs). Gaspereau Press, 2016

Awards

Bliss Carman Award for poetry for "Master your hands and your feet, your word and your thoughts"", 2007
CBC Literary Award--short list for "Active Pass"
Shortlisted, Pat Lowther Award for Daughters
Macmillan Prize for Creative Writing for Daughters
Griffin Poetry Prize for Blue Sonoma, 2015
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

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poet
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