Writing

Poetry

My poems have been published in Canadian literary journals such as Grain, The Malahat Review, Arts East, The New Quarterly, and Geist. In 2004, Night Vanishes was published by Saturday Morning Chapbooks, and in 2006, my first full-length collection of poetry appeared with Acorn Press.

Night Vanishes

Joe Sherman  wrote of Night Vanishes,

[it] has the elegance and inwardness of  Japanese Haiku, and yet it is full of an intense and personal music. 

Influenced by haiku, Basho, and the relationship between inner journeys and  outer realities, this 13 page chapbook of 11 poems forms a spiritual  narrative. There were only 100 numbered and signed copies of  each chapbook in the Saturday Morning Chapbook series.

I am planning to do a reprint this year of another 100 copies, so subscribe to the blog if you would like to know when they will be available.

The Enchanted House

The Enchanted House was published by  The Acorn Press in 2006 and was nominated for The PEI Book Award in 2008. Editor Jane Ledwell wrote of it:

Precise in form and language, Janzen traces the jubilant, wrenching, rough couplings and uncouplings at the core of human relationship.  

The title poem was first published on-line in a slightly different form by The Melic Review. You can read it here.

Click here to listen to a CBC interview with Matt Rainnie about The Enchanted House.

These are links to some interesting (and primarily positive) reviews of The Enchanted House.

If you would like to buy a copy of The Enchanted House, you can find it  through Nimbus Publishing, or you can order it directly from me.

Recent Poetry

I made a short movie to accompany of poem of mine called Temple. Click here to see it.

Arts East published Lavender (for Gabi) in 2011. Click here to read it.

Fiction

In 2005, I received a grant from the PEI Council of the Arts to work on a fiction manuscript. I’m still working on it! The first story I wrote for the collection, called “Watermelon” was published in 2012 in Riptides: New Island Fiction (Acorn Press), edited by Richard Lemm. Riptides recently won the 2014 PEI Book Award for fiction.

You can read the first pages by clicking here.

 

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