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Janet Barkhouse

Janet Barkhouse

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Janet Barkhouse is a poet and writer. Salt Fires, her debut book of poetry (Pottersfield Press, 2018) follows on two chapbooks, Silence (2015) and Sable Island Fieldnotes: poems by Janet Barkhouse, photographs by Zoe Lucas, which launched in 2017. Her publications for children include a chapter book of creative non-fiction, Sable Island – Imagine! (Toronto: Curriculum Plus, 2010), the text for Pit Pony: The Picture Book, (Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2012), and most recently Keeper of the Light (Formac Publishing, 2016), chosen as a Best Book of 2017 by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Her literary fiction has been broadcast by CBC radio and published by Room. TNQRiddle Fence, CV2, LRC, Dalhousie Review, Nashwaak Review are among the journals that have published her poems.  2013-14, Barkhouse was an artist in residence (writing) at Dalhousie University Medical School with her daughter, singer-songwriter Alex Hickey, through their Humanities-HEALS program. 

Mahone Bay
Nova Scotia


Sable Island - Imagine!. Toronto: Curriculum Plus, 2010
Sable Island Fieldnotes: Poems by Janet Barkhouse, Photographs by Zoe Lucas. Friends of the Green Horse Society, 2017
Salt Fires. Pottersfield Press, 2018
Keeper of the Light. Formac, 2016
Silence: Poems by Janet Barkhouse. Mid-Drumlin Press, 2015
Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s. Anthology.. Guernica Editions. Ed. Lorri Neilsen Glenn, 2013
Pit Pony: The Picture Book. Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2012
Salt Lines Anthology. NS: Backalong Books. Ed. Lorri Neilsen Glenn and Carsten Knox, 2012


Atlantic Writing Competition for Poetry, 2007
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