Jen Currin's Hider/Seeker: Stories won a Canadian Independent Book Award, was a finalist for a ReLit Award, and was named a 2018 Globe and Mail Best Book. They have also published five collections of poetry, most recently Trinity Street (Anansi, 2023); The Inquisition Yours (Coach House, 2010), which won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry and was a finalist for a LAMBDA, the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and a ReLit Award; and School (Coach House, 2014), which was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award, the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and a ReLit Award. A white settler of mixed, mostly western European ancestry, Currin lives on unceded Qayqayt, Musqueam, Kwikwetlem, and Kwantlen Nation territories in New Westminster, BC and teaches creative writing and English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
About Their Work:
Jen Currin’s newest poems have a journalistic quality, traffic in fragments, and they do many things well that contemporary poets often do. But as grounded as they are in observation and attention to language, they have a larger, largely realized ambition: to weigh the poet’s soul, connecting a jigsaw of events, ideas and perceptions to a metaphysical and ethical project. In a real way, these poems are anti-transcendent, anti-mystical, attuned to the world and its disharmonies but insistent that “Eternity misfits me” and that spirit is made from body and breath. Unfinished manuscripts, bill and lay-offs, hikes and urban coyotes: Currin insists, and we come to agree, that these are all part of our sacred bodies’ sacred lives, even in their disruptions and interruptions, even when they distress and confuse. She helps us see that our lives are real in the deepest sense.
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