Jónína Kirton (see pronunciation aid) 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 Simon Fraser University’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. Nominated by her mentor Betsy Warland, Kirton is excited to be Warland’s apprentice at the 2017 SFU Writer’s Studio. Kirton also won first prize and two honourable mentions in the Royal City Literary Arts Society’s Write-on Contest in 2013 and an honourable mention in 2014 in the Burnaby Writers contest.
Kirton’s work has been featured in a number of anthologies and literary journals, including Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2), First Nations Drum, the Humber Literary Review, Ricepaper magazine (Asian/Aboriginal Issue), Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, Pagan Edge, Quills Canadian Poetry magazine, Toronto Quarterly 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.
Short-listed 2018 BC Book Prize: Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize