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A classically trained vocalist who spent a decade singing country rock in small-town BC bars, a big city Vancouver girl who shears sheep and plants corn in the country on Vancouver Island, an exacting university writing teacher by day and raucous hockey aficionado by night: Lorna Jackson is full of the sort of contradictions that make for bright, original writing.
After the saloon singing years, Jackson returned to university to pursue degrees in English and take writing classes with Jack Hodgins and Mark Anthony Jarman. By the end of her student years at UVic, she had published a collection of short stories, Dressing for Hope (Gooselane Editions, 1995) and was teaching in the departments of English and Writing. Her first novel, A Game to Play on the Tracks (Porcupine's Quill) was published in 2003. She has been a columnist for Quill and Quire magazine, a contributor to the Georgia Straight, and serves on the editorial board of Malahat Review. Her writing—fiction and creative nonfiction—has appeared in such magazines as Brick, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, Canadian Notes and Queries, and Canadian Fiction Magazine. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at UVic.