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Jill Battson was born in England and has lived in the U.S. and Canada, and is currently living in New Mexico. A former art director and filmmaker, Jill is an internationally published poet and poetry activist. She was the program coordinator and host for the Poet's Refuge reading series, and organised the "Poetry Express", a mobile reading event at Toronto's Fringe Festival. She has initiated and produced many other poetry events including "Liminal Sisters" - a language poetry event; "The Festival of the Spoken Word" - a five day spoken word festival; Fightin' Words - poets in a boxing ring; "The Poetburo Slams" and the very successful "Word Up" - a series of poetry spots airing on MuchMusic and Bravo!, which spawned a CD with Virgin Records and an anthology with Key Porter.
Battson has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies in North America and the U.KHer first poetry book Hard Candy was received to great acclaim and nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Hard Candy shook the poetry establishment by its well-starched collar with its sensual style and gritty imagery.
Her second book, Ashes are Bone and Dust, sensual, disturbing and probing, maps the way through grief and recovery, and she is currently working on a novel about recovery from depression. She has written several produced plays, most recently staging her one-woman show 487 2427 - Or how I learned to live with obsession, in New Mexico to great acclaim.