Sara Jane Jordan was born in Toronto in August 6, 1926. She is a sixth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage, including English, French, American, Canadian, Scottish and Irish. Jordan wrote her first poem at age 7 and started writing poetry seriously at age 40, using her married name, Jane White, up until 1972. A strong supporter of Canadian literature over the years, she established a series of programs named Folk & Poetry in a number of locations in Toronto and North York, promoting other poets and artists from right across Canada, and co-established The House in Gerrard Street with Ted Plantos. She moved to Ottawa in 1971 and changed her name to Jane Jordan in 1973. She established a number of programs under the umbrella Folk & Poetry / The Underground Up until 1982. In 1988 Tree established the Jane Jordan Award in her honour, making her one of only two living Canadian poets to have had awards named after them - Irving Layton and Jane Jordan. Two chapbooks by Jordan were published in 1974 and 1976, respectively, and her poems have been published in a number of periodicals and anthologies, and broadcast on CKCU FM, CHEZ FM, Q101 FM and the CBC.

Festivals: 2005 (fall)

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