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.
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
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.
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.
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.