Edwards Jannie

Jannie Edwards lives and writes in Edmonton. She has three books of poetry -- The Possibilities of Thirst (Rowan Books, 1997); Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems (MacEwan Press, 2006), in collaboration with visual artist Paul Saturley; and Falling Blues (Frontenac House ,2010). Edmonton's Prosperous Tangueros Consortium mounted Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems as part of Workshop West's 2010 Canoe Theatre Festival. Her videopoem Engrams: Reach and Seize Memory is a collaborative work that features Edwards' English poetry translated into American Sign Language and performed by Deaf translator and actor Linda Cundy (available from author). She edited Ruth Mandel's poetic memoir How to Tell Your Children About the Holocaust. Jannie Edwards taught creative writing and literature for over 25 years at Grant MacEwan University.

Awards
Arc Poem of the Year contest, 2003 (2nd): "Raven and the Birth of Tango" and "The Marriage Tango"
Lapointe Prize, Acorn-Livesay People's Festival, 2000 (1 st): "An Old Woman Dreams of Sleep"
League of Canadian Poets Poetry Contest, 1997 (three poems in top 50) "Watching The Piano," "Granny Wolf Finds Her Voice," and "Habits"
Finalist and Editor's Choice - Arc Poem of the Year contest, 1996, 1998. "Holding Open" and "Water Ghazal"
Isabelle Miller Writing Award,(2nd) 1995, sponsored by Celebration of Women in the Arts, Edmonton "Read the Air"
Isabelle Miller Writing Award (1st) 1997. "What to do when you lose a daughter"

Selected Publications
The Possibilities of Thirst (Rowan Books, 1997)
Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems (MacEwan Press, 2006)
Falling Blues (Frontenac House Press, 2010)

Selected Anthologies
Our Fathers: Poetry and Prose by Daughters and Sons from the Prairies (Rowan Books, 1995) ISBN: 1-895836-10-7
Taking Off the Tinsel (Rowan Books, 1996)
Vintage 97/98. (Quarry Press, 1998)
Waging Peace:Poetry and Political Action (Penumbra Press, 2002) ISBN: 1-894131-37-1
Letting Go: An Anthology of Loss and Survival (Black Moss Press, 2005) ISBN: 0-88753-393-0
Jane Austen Sings the Blues (University of Alberta Press, 2009) ISBN: 0-88864-510-4
Why I Sing the Blues (Smoking Lung Press, 2001) ISBN: 1-894442-01-6
Line by Line: An Anthology of Candian Poetry ( Ekstasis , 2002) ISBN: 1-896860-50-8

Books in Print
Edwards, Jannie
The Possibilities of Thirst (Rowan Books, 1997) ISBN: 1-89583-645-X. $12.95.
Engrams: Reach and Seize Memory ( Videopoem, self published, 1999), $15 from jannieedwards@gmail.com
Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems (MacEwan Press, 2006) ISBN: 0-9780453-0-0, $15

Jannie Edwards
E-mail: jannieedwards@gmail.com
Website: http://www.jannieedwards.ca
Link: www.macewanbookstore.com
Link: http://www.inkriver.com

To purchase Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems, go to www.macewanbookstore.com or contact MacEwan Press at 332, 10045-156 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5P 2P7.

To order the videopoem Engrams: Reach and Seize Memory, contact jannieedwards@gmail.com