Meet Our Keynote

Meet Our Keynote

Jeanette Lynes (photo by Matt Braden Photography)

Jeanette Lynes is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her most recent book of poetry is Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak and Wynn, Buckrider Books, 2015). Bedlam Cowslip received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Jeanette’s collection, Archive of the Undressed (2012) was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Other recent poetry collections are The New Blue Distance and It’s Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems. Her poetry won the 2010 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award from The New Quarterly and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. She has also received the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her poems have recently appeared in Grain and Numero Cinq. Her poems have recently been anthologized in ReGreen, as well as Pith and Wry. Jeanette’s novel, The Factory Voice, was longlisted for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize. Her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad, and her work has also been featured on CBC Radio. She has taught creative writing at the Banff Centre, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, St. Francis Xavier University, and the University of Manitoba. Jeanette has been a visiting writer at Queen’s University, Kingston (2008; Department of Gender Studies) and the University of Manitoba. She was Pathy Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Princeton University in 2003, Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library (2005-2006), Kingston Writers’ Festival (2013), and Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, B.C. (Summer 2005). She was also a Writer in Residence at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver (2011). She is a former editor at The Antigonish Review. Currently, Jeanette is Coordinator of the new MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2017 she was a Visiting Fellow at Bard Graduate Centre in New York City, and in 2018 a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.