I am pleased to announce that my hybrid of family memoir and poetry, The Bosun Chair, will be published by NeWest Press in late 2016 or early 2017. Watch this space for more information in the coming months.
I am thrilled that my essay “Micrographia” has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta Jon Whyte Memorial Prize. The winner will be announced at the end of May.
The essay is about my mother and her battle with Multiple System Atrophy, a rare terminal neurological disease that impairs balance, movement, and slowly shuts down the body’s autonomic functions. To learn more about MSA, visit the MSA Coalition.
My essay “A Routine Test” is one of four finalists in the Carte Blanche/CNFC inaugural creative nonfiction contest. My essay tells the story of a fertility test:
He is explaining the procedure again. Warning signs of an infection, no intercourse for two days, you may experience some light spotting and that’s normal. It’s a routine test, I do them all the time. There is no irony in this statement, as if routine is transferable. Every day he tells women they have cysts blocking their tubes, or fibroids choking their wombs.
The winner will be announced at the CNFC conference in Calgary in May. Congrats to my fellow finalists, Kerri Power, B.A. Markus, and Shelley Wood, and thanks to judge Don Sedgwick for shortlisting my piece!
The winter 2013 issue of Geist includes my essay “The Bosun Chair.” It tells the story of my great-grandmother, who survived a shipwreck off the coast of Newfoundland in 1907. The essay is part of my longer manuscript of the same title.
“Delisle … makes the wise decision to not simply answer the question, ‘Is there a Newfoundland diaspora?’ Rather she … replies with a question of her own: ‘what opportunities for understanding [Newfoundland] are provided by the question?’ Delisle’s innovative approach produces some very strong readings of important if under-analyzed Newfoundland literature.”
— Paul Chafe, Ryerson University, Newfoundland Quarterly
Delisle’s book, with an excellent biography, is a brilliant precedent for studying other diasporic communities. Summing up: Highly recommended.”
— B. Almon, University of Alberta, CHOICE
“Jennifer Bowering Delisle’s The Newfoundland Diaspora prompts us to revise not just our conceptions of Newfoundland identity but also our understanding of the very idea of diaspora. This is a significant meditation on the shifting nature of regionalism and national identity in the age of globalization, an era of increasing migration, mobility, and deracination.”
— Herb Wyile, author of Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature