Jane Munro won the Griffin Poetry Prize
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
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
@ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Jane Munro reads from Glass Float at the Art Bar Poetry Series.
NOTE - This event will not be taking place in person but Jane will be doing a video that will be posted on June 2. Stay tuned for more details!
Glass Float Virtual Book Launch by
Brick Books & Massy Books
April 23, 2020
Jane Munro read from Glass Float
Dead Poets Reading Series
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00 pm
Jane Munro read (and talked about) Basho
Featuring readings from:
Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994) Michael Mirolla
John Thompson (1938 – 1976) Isabella Wang
Basho (1644–1694) Jane Munro
June Jordan (1936– 2002) Junie Désil
Saturday, April 27
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND
THE ECHO: READINGS FROM CANADA, TURTLE ISLAND, AND EIREANN
Featuring winners and finalists of the Griffin Poetry Prize
Christian Bök • Anne Simpson • Billy Ray Belcourt • Liz Howard • Jordan Abel • Jane Munro (Winner 2015 Blue Sonoma) • Donato Mancini • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin • Hosted by Ian Williams
Monday, April 22, 2019
FBCW Earth Day Event
6 to 9 pm
Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer and educator.
Her sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McCLelland & Stewart) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books).
She is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs (Mary di Michele, Jan Conn, Susan Gillis, Jane Munro) who have published Whisk (Pedlar Press) and Rhinoceros (Gaspereau).
A Sally Port (Espresso Chapbooks, 2018) – short prose pieces about her childhood – came out in June 2018. These are excerpts from a longer memoir she’s working on. In April 2020, Brick Books will publish her seventh poetry collection, Glass Float.
As well as working as a writer, she has been employed as a professor of Creative Writing at several universities in BC, done educational planning, research and administration, taught many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences in a wide variety of venues across Canada. She has also given readings in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India and Egypt.
For more than twenty years, she has studied (in Canada and in India) and practiced Iyengar Yoga.
In 2012, she moved back to Vancouver – where she grew up and raised her children – after spending twenty years living at Point No Point in a rural area on the coast of Vancouver Island. Although BC has been her home base, she has lived in the USA and Turkey, traveled extensively in India and in Europe, and been to South Africa and Egypt.
Born (Patricia Jane Southwell) in Chilliwack BC, she was educated at UBC (undergraduate, M.F.A., Ed.D.), Indiana University (B.A.), SFU (M.A.).
2015 Winners of Griffin Poetry Prize with Scott Griffin
Jane Munro, Canadian Winner; Scott Griffin; Michael Longley, International Winner
photo by Tom Sandler
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