Janet Barkhouse

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 debut book of poems, Salt Fires (Pottersfield, 2018) follows on two chapbooks, Silence and Sable Island Fieldnotes. 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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Barkhouse, Janet. The New Quarterly, Winter 2018. Three poems.

—. The Dalhousie Review, Spring 2017. Three poems.

—. “Mermaid“. Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things: Children’s Poetry and Verse from Atlantic Canada. Ed. Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2017.

—. Silence. Mahone Bay: Mid-Drumlin Press, 2015. Chapbook.

—. “Weir”. Galleon III. December 2014. 

—. “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.

AWARDS

Atlantic Writing Competition, 2007. Second prize, Poetry.


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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

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