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Jennifer Rouse Barbeau


Jennifer Rouse Barbeau is a writer and illustrator

Dying Hour (2019), a finalist in the 2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards for fiction, is a novella that is part radio play, part theatre script, part prose, and was inspired by her contribution to a novel marathon competition in 2009.

Her first novel, Swampy Jo, (2010) was inspired by graffiti on the rocks and retaining walls of Bell Park in her birthplace of Sudbury, Ontario. 

Her writing has appeared in the anthology Bluffs: Northeastern Ontario Stories from the Edge, Sulphur: Laurentian University's Literary Journal, in northern Ontario newspapers, as well as in Canadian Living and Reader's Digest magazines.

Her illustrations appear on the cover and in the first edition print version of her novel Swampy Jo, in La Laineuse by Rachel Desaulniers, in Come On Over! Northeastern Ontario A to Z, and on the covers of books by Barry Grills: Roadkill; I And You, And Me And Her; Oblivion; Too Late The Hunter; and Cock-Eyed Voice: Stories. She was privately-commissioned to create an illustrated book, Do You Remember?, for a unique marriage proposal.  

A full-time professor at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario, she taught Advertising & Marketing Communications from 2006 to 2019, and currently teaches Language and Communications and Creative Writing courses. She has a Master of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and a 4-year fellowship degree in illustration and advertising, with a special interest in creative writing, from the Ontario College of Art (OCADU) in Toronto, Ontario.

Jennifer resides in northern Ontario with her husband, author Barry Grills.

Phone number:
(705) 476-6455


Dying Hour. Fluid Grouse Enterprises, 2019
Swampy Jo. Scrivener Press, 2010
Bluffs: Northeastern Ontario Stories from the Edge (ISBN 1-896350-18-6). Scrivener Press, 2006
ILLUSTRATION: La Laineuse (ISBN 2-89567-054-4). Centre Fora, 2006
ILLUSTRATION: Come On Over! Northeastern Ontario A to Z (ISBN 978-1-896350-44-8). Scrivener Press, 2011
Dead Wood (short story, in anthology Sulphur: Laurentian University's Literary Journal, Winter 2013, Issue 3) (ISBN 978-0-9869138-0-8). The English Arts Society and Lambda, 2013
Swampy Jo (ebook). Fluid Grouse Enterprises, 2017


Finalist - Whistler Independent Book Awards (Fiction) for Dying Hour, 2020
1st Place, The Sudbury Star Summer Short Story Contest for Whispers, 1995
Longlisted - TWUC Postcard Story Competition for Embrace, Executive Treatment, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


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