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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V

Jill Battson

Jill Battson

Jill Battson is an internationally published poet and poetry activist. She was responsible for creating and running the successful poetry reading series ‘The Poets’ Refuge’ and has initiated and produced many poetry events including ‘The Poetry Express’ – a BYOV at Toronto’s Fringe Festival; ‘Liminal Sisters’ – a language poetry event; ‘The Festival of the

Spoken Word’ – a five day spoken word festival; Fightin’ Words – poets in a boxing ring; ‘The Poetburo Slams’ and the very successful ‘Word Up’ – a series of interstitial poetry spots airing on MuchMusic and Bravo! which spawned a CD with Virgin Records and an anthology with Key Porter. She was the poetry editor for Insomniac Press from 1999 to 2001. Jill is currently the creative director for the Poet Bureau which produces ‘Red School House Poetry Primer’ poetry festival.

Jill has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies in North America and the UK. Her fi rst book Hard Candy was received to great acclaim and nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. She has written several plays and solo works, including How I learned to live with obsession and Ecce Homo – an enhanced monologue for dance and voice. Jill is currently working on a novel as well as a series of performance pieces. Her latest book of poems Ashes are Bone and Dust was released in spring 2001.

Check out: Bone Box

2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society