Jane Simpson lives on an old farmstead in southern New Brunswick. In 2011, she made her first foray into creative writing, winning the Short Fiction Prize for the annual WFNB contest. Her story, The Bedclothes Baby, is posted to the online literary magazine Salty Ink. After meeting with poet Sue Sinclair when Sinclair was writer in residence at UNB, Jane began writing poetry. In April 2013, her poem, Tread, was shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year 2013 and the Readers’ Choice Award contest; that same month, she won the 2013 WFNB Poetry Prize with The Old Balloon Seller.
Jane is driven to hone her writing skills; to this end, she has participated in a week-long writer’s retreat at the Tatamagouche Centre, individually mentored by author Kelly Cooper, and in February 2013, she attended UNB’s Winter Writer’s Retreat with writer-in-residence Joan Clark. She has met and discussed her work with several other authors, including Beth Powning and writers-in-residence John Barton, David Adams Richards and Fred Stenson.
Jane has participated in several public readings, including Odd Sundays at Molly’s in Fredericton, where she was a featured reader. In spring 2014, Jane read at the Frye Festival’s Prélude evening as one of New Brunswick’s Emerging Authors, and she was recently nominated for Saint John’s Originals Awards for the literary arts. She has also worked with elementary school children, and offered a creative writing workshop (Finding Fantasy in Nature) to middle-school students.
As a regional representative of the WFNB, Jane regularly attends the federation’s workshops and events, and helped organize and host the 2014 WordTravels event in Sussex, with special guests Katherena Vermette and Allan Cooper.
Jane is a freelance communications and marketing consultant and is working on a poetry manuscript. She is also in the early stages of writing a novel set on White Head Island, New Brunswick, where she spent much of her childhood.
Awards: Winner, Short Fiction, 2011 WFNB Literary Competition; Winner Poetry, 2013 WFNB Literary Competition; shortlist Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year and Reader’s Choice Award.