Jónína Kirton is a poet, author, and facilitator who has published two poetry books with Talonbooks ‘page as bone – ink as blood’ in 2015 and ‘An Honest Woman’ in 2017. For the first one, she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category, and the second collection was a finalist in the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. A member of Room Magazine’s Editorial board, she is also the curator of their on-line news related poetry series Turtle Island Responds, and a co-founder of the reading series Indigenous Brilliance. She graduated in 2007 from the SFU Writers Studio, and is a longstanding member of their advisory board. Jónína is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Treaty One), and she now lives in Vancouver on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. She was sixty when she published her first book, and within three years, she has emerged as an acclaimed and celebrated poet.
At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jónína will be the Featured Poet. More on the event is here:
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.