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Janine Canan

Author's Bio

In Sonoma, California, award-winning author and psychiatrist Janine Canan devotes herself to planting, patients, poems and prayers. Her books include Messages from Amma; Goddesses, Goddesses: Essays by Janine Canan; Walk Now in Beauty: The Legend of Changing Woman; Journeys with Justine; and ten books of poetry including Changing Woman and In the Palace of Creation. Canan edited She Rises like the Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women Poets; and translated the poets Else Lasker-Schüler in Star in My Forehead and Francis Jammes in Under the Azure. Please visit JanineCanan.com.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Under the Azure: Poems of Francis Jammes (Littlefox Press, 2010), Goddesses, Goddesses: Essays (Regent Press, 2007), Journeys with Justine (Regent Press, 2007), Walk Now in Beauty: The Legend of Changing Woman (Regent Press, 2007), Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart (Celestial Arts Publishing, 2004), In the Palace of Creation: Selected Poems 1969-1999 (Scars Publications, 2002), The Rhyme of the Ag-ed Mariness: Last Poems of Lynn Lonidier (edited) (Station Hill Press, 2001), Changing Woman (Scars Publications, 2000), Star in My Forehead: Selected Poems by Else Lasker-Schueler (translations) (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), Her Magnificent Body (Manroot, 1986), Of Your Seed (Oyez, 1977)
Anthologies:
Mirror, Mirror (Midmarch Arts Press, 2010), Miracles of Motherhood (Hachette Litteratures, 2007), Where We Find Ourselves (SUNY Press, 2007), Pocket Prayers (Chronicle Books, 2006), WomanPrayers (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003), Animal Blessings (HarperSanFrancisco, 2000), Get Well Wishes (HarperSanFrancisco, 2000), American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century (4 Walls 8 Windows, 1996), The Divine Feminine (Conari Press, 1996), Women Poets of the World (Macmillan, 1983), New Directions 42 (New Directions, 1981)
Prizes:
2005 Kiriyama Prize nominee for Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart. 2004 Spirituality & Health Magazine’s “Best Spiritual Books of 2004” for Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart. 4/2004 Longstoryshort’s “Story of the Month” for “A Good Laugh.” 10/2000 Small Press Review's "Pick of the Month" for Changing Woman. 4/2000 City Lights Bookstore’s "Poetry Favorite" for Star in My Forehead: Selected Poems by Else Lasker-Schueler. 3/2000 Independent Booksellers' Book Sense 76 for Star in My Forehead: Selected Poems by Else Lasker-Schüler. 1997 Poetalk Quarterly Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Poets' Coalition for the poem "The Stones". 1996 Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest First Prize for the poem "Sarangi Sorrow". 1990 Susan Koppelman Award for best-edited feminist work for She Rises like the Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women Poets. 1988 American Poetry Association Award for the poem "Conversation". 1982 Pushcart Prize Nomination for the poem "Childhood" published in Conditions. 1977 National Endowment for the Arts Publication Grant to Oyez Press for Of Your Seed.

Janine Canan Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Awaken, Children! volumes I—X by Mata Amritanandamayi; the novels of Iris Murdoch; Ceremony, and Gardens in the Dunes, by Leslie Marmon Silko; Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

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Listing last updated: October 1, 2010

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
French, German
Born in:
Los Angeles, CA
Raised in:
Los Angeles, CA

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