Jeanette Lynes provided us with two bios–one that conformed to the 30-word max that appears in antilang. and the one for this blog post that actually tells us the names (of some) of her books. Jeanette’s second novel, The Small Things That End The World, is forthcoming in May 2018 form Coteau Books (and we hear the Saskatoon launch will be late June)! Her first novel, The Factory Voice, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. Jeanette’s seventh book of poetry, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Her previous poetry collection, Archive of the Undressed, was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Jeanette has directed the MFA Writing program at the University of Saskatchewan since 2011 and has been surprisingly present despite being on sabbatical this year. Not only is she digitally present through facetime on the projector and emails, but she’s always “present in spirit” which the MFA group appreciates. She has also taught writing and mentored writers at Sage Hill, The Banff Centre, and Saskatoon Public Library in her capacity as Writer in Residence. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. And if she doesn’t sound busy enough, fear not, she fills her free time by playing the drums badly!
Although Jeanette lives in Saskatoon, she will be out of the city at the time of our launch, but has given us the go-ahead to read her work ‘in absentia.’ We also want to give her a huge shout-out for her support of antilang.! She’s responsible for connecting us with Jessica Klein, who posted the feature of us on the USask MFA page yesterday, even though this project is not affiliated with any institution (we just happen to meet writers at universities). Thanks Jeanette!