Jennifer Houle

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Jennifer Houle grew up in Shediac, New Brunswick – though she was born in Massachusetts, just "North of Boston," as Robert Frost might say. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and her work has won several awards. Her first book, The Back Channels, which won The Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick’s Alfred G. Bailey Prize for best poetry manuscript, was published by Signature Editions in Spring 2016. It went on to win the J.M. Abraham East Coast Literary Award for best Atlantic Canadian collection of poetry and was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first collection. Her second book, Virga, also with Signature Editions, was released in 2019, and went on to win the New Brunswick Book Awards Fiddlehead Poetry Prize for best collection.


A lifelong Maritimer, Jennifer Houle now lives in Hanwell, just outside of Fredericton, with her husband and two sons. Committed to promoting literacy and bilingualism among youth, she sits on the Board of Word Feast: Fredericton’s Literary Festival, and is an active member of her local writing community. She was named one of 18 Canadian women writers to watch by CBC Books in 2018.


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