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Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Melanie Janisse-Barlow (B.A. Communications ‘92, Concordia University, Montreal; B.F.A. ‘00, Emily Carr University, Vancouver; M.F.A. ‘14, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto) is the author of two poetry collections. Her first collection, Orioles in the Oranges was nominated for the ReLit Award in 2009, and her second collection Thicket, released in September, 2019, has been toured throughout North America and Europe. Janisse-Barlow has been published extensively as a reviewer, columnist and critic, with recent publications in CV2, JoylandUS and MOMUS. As a visual artist, she has work in private and public collections around the world. Her ongoing Poet Series, a self-curating/practopoietic series of portraits of Canadian poets, has reached 80 pieces and has gained national media coverage in Canada and the US. Ship of Fools, an installation on a 24-foot Shark sailboat, was performed in Toronto and on Lake St. Clair for the Media City Film Festival. Commissioned works include a portrait of The Honourable Justice Edward Ducharme for the Superior Court of Ontario chambers. Her work has been represented by the Luft Gallery in Toronto. Janisse-Barlow is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and the Writer's Union of Canada.

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