Donna Kane is a writer living in northern British Columbia. Her poems, short fiction, reviews and essays have been published widely in journals such as The Walrus, The Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review, as well as in several anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2013 (Tightrope Books, 2013), I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Press 2014), and, most recently, Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015) and In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Real Reconciliation (Brindle and Glass, 2016). She has published two books of poetry, Somewhere, a Fire, (Hagios Press, 2004), and Erratic (Hagios Press, 2007), both finalists for the ReLit Award. She is also the recipient of the Lina Chartrand Poetry Award (2000) and in 2010 she was a winner in Geist’s Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Her poetry has been featured on CBC’s Daybreak North and North by Northwest, and in 2011, her poem, Summer Solstice, was featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. “The Gaze,” one of the chapters from Summer of the Horse (forthcoming from Harbour Publishing, Spring 2018) was recently shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and published in the 2016 summer issue of The New Quarterly. An excerpt from her most recent manuscript of poetry, Orrery, was published as a chapbook titled Pioneer 10, I Hear You by JackPine Press in October, 2016.
Kane began her education at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek where she received the Governor General Collegiate Bronze Medal. In 2009 Kane completed her BA with a major in writing with Distinction from the University of Victoria with elective credits in philosophy. In both years at UVic, she received the President’s Scholarship. In 2014 she completed an MFA from UBC for which she received a SSHRC Joseph Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and UBC’s Faculty of Arts Graduate Award. She has also received Banff Writing Studio Scholarships (2000, 2003, 2005, 2011), a Canada Council for the Arts Individual Writing Grant (2008), and several BC Arts Council Creative Writing Grants (2005, 2008, 2015).
Kane currently works as executive director of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, located in Rolla, BC, and in 2017 carried out several projects, including “Emergence,” a public art sculpture permanently displayed at the NAR Park in Dawson Creek. Kane also serves, on occasion, as sessional instructor teaching English and Creative Writing at Northern Lights College. While at the University of Victoria, Kane served on the editorial board for poetry at the Malahat Review.
In 2001, Kane established Writing on the Ridge (WOTR), a non-profit society aimed at fostering the arts in northeast BC. Through WOTR, she has hosted nearly 100 Canada Council funded readings, organized the first writer-in-residence program at Northern Lights College (2005 with Jeanette Lynes), and created the Moberly Lake Writing Retreats (1999 and 2000 with mentors Patrick Lane, Don McKay, and Jan Zwicky). She co-founded the Festival of the Sweetwater Moon which continues today as the Sweetwater905 Festival, attracting audiences of over 600 to the working farm of Emilie and Larry Mattson in Rolla, BC. This three-day event features literary arts, music, visual art, and film. In 2006, she co-founded the Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camps aimed at raising awareness of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. The camps have attracted visual artists from across North America including Derek Houston, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Brian Jungen, and writers such as John Vaillant, Tim Lilburn, Don McKay, Sue Sinclair, and Elizabeth Bachinsky.
In 2008, she was commissioned by the City of Dawson Creek to direct Written in Stone, a collaborative poetry project where lines of a renga were engraved into stones along Dawson Creek’s walking trail. In 2007, she initiated and worked with the City of Dawson Creek to oversee the official naming of “Roy Forbes Drive.” In 2009, she received the Aurora Award of Distinction: Arts and Culture for her contributions to the arts in the Peace-Liard area.