Jami Macarty is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Instinctive Acts (Nomados Literary Publishers, 2018), Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (No. 22, Vallum Chapbook Series, 2017), and Landscape of the Wait, a poetic response to her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in American, Australian, Canadian and French journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Interim, The Journal, Levure littéraire, Otoliths, PRISM international and Volt.
She is grateful to have grown up on the ancestral lands of the Winnacunnet (now called coastal New Hampshire), and to now live and work on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (now called Vancouver, B.C.).
In Vancouver, she teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, and yoga privately. Canada is only one country in which she’s taught; she has also taught English and yoga in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nepal, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Her teaching is founded in empowering students to apply exquisite attention and the deep desire to understand with their unique capacity to be transformed by what they read and write—to become active and engaged participants in shaping the future of their personal lives, their communities and the world.
As co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard, she promotes the work of other writers. On Medium, she writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series supporting arts and community in Vancouver (begun in 2016 as a featured column for Anomaly / Anomalous Press). Her own work has received financial support from British Columbia Arts Council and Banff Centre, among others, and has been supported by several Pushcart Prize nominations and finalist designations for her full-length poetry manuscript, including the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award and the Lexi Rudnitsky Award—and by beloved readers.