January 2018 - Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott

January 17, 2018


Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, author, and facilitator. She currently lives in Vancouver, on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Kirton graduated from SFU’s Writer’s Studio in 2007 and is a member of its advisory board. A person of between, Kirton also serves on the Room Magazine editorial board and is an active member of its Equity and Inclusion Committee. In 2016, Kirton received the Emerging Artist Award from the City of Vancouver, part of the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts.

Kirton’s work has been featured in a number of anthologies and literary journals, including Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2)Humber Literary ReviewRicepaperOther Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood was released to wide acclaim by Talonbooks in 2015. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, was published in 2017.



Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer, originally from Manitoba, at home in Richmond, BC. Joanne is author of six books of poetry, and three books in other genres. Recent titles include Halfling Spring (Kegedonce Press 2014, illustrations by Leo Yerxa, shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award) and A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale Press, 2013). Her first book won the Gerald Lampert’s Award for best first book of poetry (Wiles of Girlhood, Press Gang, 1991) and she received the Vancouver Mayor's Art Award for Literary Arts in October 2017. Joanne is currently the Poetry Editor for Event Magazine and teaching Creative Writing with an Indigenous Focus at UBC.