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Jane Jordan

Sara Jane Jordan was born in Toronto in August 6, 1926. Jane Belfry Appleton, sixth generation Canadian, mixed heritage: English; French; American; Canadian; Scottish; Irish; wrote first poem at age 7. Started writing poetry seriously at age 40, using her married name Jane White up until 1972. Established a series of programs named Folk & Poetry in a number of locations in Toronto & North York, promoting other poets & artists from right across Canada. Co-established The House on Gerrard Street with Ted Plantos. Moved to Ottawa 1971. Changed name to Jane Jordan in 1973. Established a number of programs under the umbrella Folk & Poetry / The Underground Up until 1982. In 1988, TREE established the Jane Jordan Award to honour a living Canadian poet. There are only two living Canadian poets who have had awards named after them—Irving Layton & Jane Jordan. Two chapbooks were published in 1974 & 1976. Poems have been published in a number of periodicals & anthologies, & broadcast on CKCU-FM, CHEZ-FM, Q101-FM & the CBC. Jordan has been a strong supporter of Canadian literature over the years.

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