Hi. I'm Jane Silcott, a full-time writer and sometimes editor in Vancouver. I write about things that confound me, mostly in essay form, with bits of my life stitched through with 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 capability—of thought itself.
My work appears in literary journals and anthologies, and I am the author of a collection of essays called Everything Rustles that touches on questions around ageing, uncertainty, desire, and fear. In 2018, I co-edited an anthology about marriage with my friend, poet and creator of award-winning poetry films, Fiona Tinwei Lam. Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage includes 26 works of creative nonfiction and 20 poems by several of my writing heroes. My writing has been recognized by the BC Book Prizes for Everything Rustles, the CBC Literary Awards, Room Magazine, the Creative Nonfiction Collective, and the National and Western Magazine Awards.
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). Now my full-time job is retirement, also known as writing (most challenging job ever).