Jeanette Lynes is having a banner year with the publication of two books. The New Blue Distance, her new collection of poetry, has been acclaimed for its wry, witty observations on rural life, family ties and the role of women. Her first novel, The Factory Voice, published earlier this year, is an engaging and entertaining story about the intertwined lives of four women working in an aircraft factory in Thunder Bay during World War II.
Raised on a farm in southwestern Ontario, Jeanette grew up dreaming that she would one day marry Bobby Orr. Instead, she has become an award-winning academic and writer who believes that poetry is the last frontier of anti-corporatism.. She is the winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She recently served as writer in residence in the Department of Women’s Studies at Queen’s, where she helped organize last year’s Bronwen Wallace Conference. She is co-editor of The Antigonish Review and currently teaches at St. Francis Xavier University.