I’m Jane Silcott, a Vancouver writer and editor. I write about the things in life that confound me, mostly in essay form, sometimes made of pieces of my life stitched through with materials from other ways of looking at the world—science, philosophy, art. I am an expert in none of these fields. I go to them to escape the limits of my own mind, to learn, to explore, to find new ways of seeing my own small dilemmas. I think of the essay as a boundlessly generous form that allows writers to experiment with shape, perspective, and even—thinking grandly here and far beyond my pay grade, let alone capability—of thought itself.
I have worked at many jobs over the years—from driving a catering truck called the Flying Lunch Bucket (best job title ever) to managing The Capilano Review (best union gig and most fun publishing) and finally to mentoring brilliant students in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Program at the University of King's College (best job, full stop). In my off-hours I am chief attendant to a ferocious cat.
Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize, BC Book Prizes, 2014 Finalist
National Magazine Awards, Personal Journalism, 2012 Finalist
Western Magazine Awards, Human Experience, 2012 Finalist,
Creative Nonfiction Collective Readers Choice Award, 2012 Winner
"The Goddess of Light & Dark"
Room Creative Nonfiction Contest, 2012 Winner
"Wave Theory," Fiction, CBC Literary Awards, 2009 Finalist
"Fallen Apples," Fiction, CBC Literary Awards, 2008 Finalist
"Drafts 1-11 (Not including 10)" Creative Nonfiction, CBC Literary Awards, 2005 Second Place