POET • TEACHER • EDITOR
Jami Macarty is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Instinctive Acts, (Nomados Literary Publishers, 2018), Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (Vallum Chapbook Series (No. 22), 2017), and Landscape of The Wait, a poetic response to her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in American, Australian, Canadian, and French journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Interim, The Journal, Levure littéraire, Otoliths, PRISM international, and Volt. Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), her current forays into arts community service, include workshop instructor and event host for Pandora’s Collective, a Poetry Ambassador (2016-2018) for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose, and a Fresh Local Poet for Vancouver Park Board (2016-2018). She is grateful to have grown up on the ancestral lands of the Winnacunnet (now called coastal New Hampshire), and to now live between the ancestral lands of the Tohono O’Odham (now and then called Tucson, “little black mountain”) and the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (now called Vancouver, BC). In Vancouver, she teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University. Canada is only one country in which she’s taught English and Yoga; she has also taught these two disciplines in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. As co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard, she promotes the work of other writers. On Medium, she writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series supporting arts and community in Vancouver, BC (begun in 2016 as a featured column for Anomaly/Anomalous Press). Her own work has been supported by arts grants from British Columbia Arts Council, among others; by several Pushcart Prize nominations, by finalist designations for her full-length poetry manuscript, including the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award and the Lexi Rudnitsky Award–and by beloved readers.