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 Blue Sonoma WINS the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize
Jane Munro’s previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) and Grief 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. She lives in Vancouver.
Munro’s 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.
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.