Jan Zwicky

Zwicky headshot 2.1MBJan Zwicky has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose including Wittgenstein ElegiesSongs for Relinquishing the Earth, Forge, Wisdom & MetaphorLyric Philosophy, and Alkibiades’ Love. In Thirty-Seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences, Zwicky writes within the tradition of Federico Garcia Lorca’s flamenco poems, and in her latest collection of poems, The Long Walk, she examines cataclysmic effects of climate change on both the environment and the human spirit. For her poetry, Zwicky is the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and a shortlisted nominee for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She is also a violinist, with a strong interest in baroque performance practice. She has edited for Brick Books since 1986 and for Oskana Poetry & Poetics since 2016. With a reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative thinkers, she lectures frequently in Europe and North America, and publishes widely as an essayist on issues in music, poetry, philosophy, and the environment. A native of the prairies, Zwicky now lives on Quadra Island.