Jen Currin

BA (Bard), MA (SFU), MFA (Arizona State)
Jen Currin
Surrey Office: Fir Building, D330

Jen Currin is the author of the poetry collection Trinity Street (House of Anansi, 2023) and four other collections of poetry, including School (Coach House, 2014), which was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and a ReLit Award; and The Inquisition Yours (Coach House, 2010), which was also a finalist for three awards and won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award. Jen has also published the short story collection Hider/Seeker (Anvil, 2018), winner of a Canadian Independent Book Award and a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2018. Their collection of stories Disembark will be out from House of Anansi in 2024. Jen has taught creative writing and English for many years and at many places, including SFU's the Writer's Studio, UBC, VCC, Langara College, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Vancouver Film School, and Arizona State University. In addition to teaching in the Creative Writing Department, Jen teaches English in the English Upgrading Department.

Courses taught

  • CRWR 1100: Introduction to Creative Writing I
  • CRWR 1200: Introduction to Craft and Process in Creative Writing
  • CRWR 2300/2310: Fiction and Poetry/Drama, Fiction and Poetry II
  • CRWR 2900: Special Topics
  • CRWR 3100: Techniques in Short Fiction
  • CRWR 3110: Techniques in Poetry
  • CRWR 3210: Poetic Forms
  • CRWR 4110/4210: Advanced Poetry Workshop I & II
  • CRWR 4150/4250: Writers' Studio I & II

Areas of Interest

Poetry, the short story, flash fiction, the prose poem, short plays, feminisms, queer literature and theory, eco-poetics, spiritual texts.


Scholarly Work

  • The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005)
  • Hagiography (Coach House Books, 2008)
  • The Inquisition Yours (Coach House Books, 2010)
  • School (Coach House Books, 2014)
  • The Enpipe Line: 70,000 km of Poetry Written in Resistance to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Proposal (Creekstone Press, 2012)
  • Hider/Seeker (Anvil Press, 2018)
  • Trinity Street (House of Anansi, 2023)