Author Tags: Photography, Poetry
Gillian Jerome co-edited Hope and Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp, 2008) with her former partner Brad Cran. MP Libby Davies provided the foreword. Hope and Shadows evolved from a Pivot Legal Society project that distributed 200 disposable cameras to residents of the Downtown Eastside. DTES residents took 20,000 images for the collection. The title was shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize in 2009 and won the City of Vancouver Book Award.
Jerome has lived in Montreal, Whistler, Banff, Australia and France. Her debut collection of 'eclogues'--or poetry--is Red Nest (Nightwood 2009). [See below]
Red Nest (Nightwood $17.95)
The downtown east side is known for its arrests and its arresting books. Having co-edited Hope and Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal), winner of the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award, Gillian Jerome has produced a follow-up collection of urban ‘eclogues’—a fancy word for poetry— entitled Red Nest (Nightwood $17.95). Jerome offers a surreal adventure of inter-connectivity. “When you’ve been ambushed by gods and stars,” we’re told, “you're catapulted back into a wild sprawling city filled with cordless phones, coyotes and the hairdos of dandelions.”
Red Nest 0-88971-241-7
Press Release (2010)
Gillian Jerome Named Winner of the 2010 ReLit Award for
Vancouver author Gillian Jerome has been awarded the 2010 ReLit Award for her debut book of poetry entitled Red Nest (Nightwood Editions, $17.95). She received the ReLit ring which is made up of four moveable dials marked with the alphabet, for spelling words. The ReLit awards gala marked the start of the Ottawa International Writers Festival.
The ReLit Awards (Ideas, Not Money) were founded in 2000 and celebrate new work released by independent Canadian literary publishers. ReLit is short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, Relighting Literature.
Enter the surreal adventure that is Gillian Jerome’s debut collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues. Just when you’ve been ambushed by gods and stars, you’re catapulted back into a wild sprawling city filled with cordless phones, coyotes and the hairdos of dandelions. The brave and rambunctious creatures in this book nest in the humour and horror of the 21st-century. Her first non-fiction book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, won the 2009 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She teaches literature at UBC and her poetry has been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. She now lives in East Vancouver with her family.