ZILM, Jennifer

Author Tags: Poetry

Yet another published graduate of SFU Writer's Studio as well as the Humber College School for Writers, Jennifer Zilm was born in Terrace, grew up in Surrey and—-after sojourns in Toronto, Hamilton, Jerusalem and Tang Shan, China—-moved to East Vancouver with an M.A. in Religious Studies from UBC. Zilm was a doctoral candidate in Early Judaism and Christianity at McMaster University, studying the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her poems have appeared in various journals such as Arc Canadian Poetry Magazine, Prism International, The Antigonish Review, Vallum and Contemporary Verse 2. She works in libraries and social housing. Her first major collect Waiting Room is a potpourri of styles and content, mixing her perspectives as a academic and a self-described frontline worker on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. SFU's Wayde Compton has supplied one of the year's most original blurbs: "“Jennifer Zilm’s Waiting Room is incantatory and incandescent. Like Brian Wilson’s assertion of the song as a pocket symphony, Zilm’s poetic lyrics are pocket epics."


The Whole and Broken Yellows: Van Gogh Poems and Others (Frog Hollow Press 2013) $20.00 9781926948140

Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet (Seattle: Jaded Ibis Press 2014). Co-editor with Sim Watt

Waiting Room (Book Thug 2016) 9781771662147

[BCBW 2017]