• Biography


    Janet Barkhouse retired from professional theatre in 1982, and from teaching high school English in 2005. She’s written and directed plays for children from ages 8 to 18, written innovative English curriculum for the Province of Nova Scotia, and given workshops and readings for young people, teachers and writers across the Province.

    In 2006 she fell in love with writing poems. Since then she has studied with many extraordinary poets, at universities in Halifax, and at the Banff Centre. Her poems have been published in literary journals across Canada; her chapbook, Silence, has had a 3rd printing; another chapbook, Sable Island Fieldnotes, with photographs by Zoe Lucas, will be available through the Sable Island Institute Website in September, 2017. In 2013-14, through their Humanities-HEALS program, she was Artist in Residence (Writing) at Dalhousie University's Medical School. 

    Janet lives near Mahone Bay on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.


    • Barkhouse, Janet. Keeper of the Light. Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2016.

      Barkhouse, Janet. Silence: Poems by Janet Barkhouse. Newburne, NS: Mid-Drumlin Press, 2015.

      Barkhouse, Joyce, and Janet Barkhouse. Pit Pony: The Picture Book. Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2012.

      Barkhouse, Janet. Sable Island - Imagine! Toronto: Curriculum Plus, 2010.



    Barkhouse, Janet. The Dalhousie Review, 2017 (forthcoming). Three poems.

    ---. The New Quarterly, 2017 (forthcoming). Three poems.

    ---. Silence: Poems by Janet Barkhouse. Mahone Bay: Mid-Drumlin Press, 2015. Chapbook.

    ---. "Kindness Counts." Mother's Message in a Bottle. Ed. Tyler Hayden. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2014. Article.

    ---. "Hung Jury, Sable Island." Literary Review of Canada. Vol. 21, No. 1, January/February 2013. Poem.

    ---. "The Girls in the Snapshot." Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s. Ed. Lorri Neilsen Glenn. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2013. Poem. 

    ---. "Little Billy." Room 34.3, 2011. Short story. 




    ---. "Little Billy." Room 34.3 (2011). Short story.

    • Atlantic Writing Competition, 2007. Second prize, Poetry.