Jane Southwell Munro's first collection, Daughters, was published in 1982. It won the McMillan Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award. In 1986 it was followed by The Trees Just Moved into a Season of Other Shapes, and subsequently by Grief Notes & Animal Dreams in 1995. Her fourth collection of poems, Point No Point, was published in 2006 by McClelland & Stewart. Then, in 2010, Pedlar Press released Active Pass, her fifth collection which explores connections among the visual arts, yogic discipline, and self-regeneration.
Munro lives on the west coast of Vancouver Island where she is at work on new poems and a memoir. She is also a member of Yoko's Dogs, a collaborative writing group of four poets dedicated to the Japanese form of renku.
“Spellbinding … haunting … thoughtful, evocative … arresting images … Zen-like spirituality …. These are midlife poems, pensive reflections on loss and having to let go of places and people. …. Yet they are threaded through with a calm energy and resolve, not regret and resignation. The reader feels buoyed up rather than weighed down.”
— Toronto Star
“Lyric, contemporary, steeped in memory. . . . Munro is a versatile poet. She moves with ease between prose poems grounded in memory and free-form lyric. . . Superb.”
— Globe and Mail
“There are poets writing in this country who deserve to be better known. . .Jane Munro is one of them. . . .A fine poetic talent.”
— Books in Canada”
2007 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award for "Master your hands and your feet, your words and your thoughts."
2006 "Active Pass" short-listed for the CBC Literary Award.
1998 League of Canadian Poets' National Poetry Contest, finalist.
1997 George Woodcock Poetry Contest, finalist.
1983 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, finalist.
1978 Macmillan Prize for Poetry (UBC).
Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010) ISBN: 978-1-897141-38-0
Point No Point (McClelland & Steward, 2006) ISBN: 13:978-0-7710-6678-8
Grief Notes & Animal Dreams. (Brick Books, 1995) ISBN: 0-919626-82-3
The Trees Just Moved into a Season of Other Shapes. (Quarry Press, 1986) ISBN: 0-919627-36-6
Daughters. (Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1982) ISBN: 0-86492-009-1
Words We Call Home. (UBC Press, 1990).
Books in Print
Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010) ISBN: 978-1-897141-38-0, $20.00
Point No Point (McClelland & Steward, 2006) ISBN: 13:978-0-7710-6678-8, $17.99
Grief Notes & Animal Dreams. (Brick Books, 1995) ISBN: 0-919626-82-3, $11.95