Josephine has an MA in Comparative Literature from l'Université de Rouen in France, a bilingual BEd from Laurentian
and a BA in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto.
… a pearl in this diamond world
Josephine LoRe is a Calgary-based poet and writer who has published two collections of poetry, prose and photography, “Unity” and “The Cowichan Series”, a Calgary Herald Bestseller. She and musician Jim Jackson released a cd for The Cowichan Series which features his original arrangements and her spoken word. She published her first short story, "Cornflower" in 2019.
Her next undertaking, a collection of poetry based upon her Sicilian heritage, has temporarily been put on hold as she grapples with Covid-19 and its implications.
Her poems have been published in Canada, the United States, England, Japan, India, Wales, China, France and Ireland.
Josephine's poetry can be found in the following anthologies: Haiku Canada Anthologies both in English and in French; Gift of Silence, a Haiku Tribute to Leonard Cohen; the AWCS War Memory Project; the (m)Othering Anthology, the premiere issue of the Short Edition Anthology TapPressRead, Portraits of People YYC, Pendemic Poetry, and the upcoming anthology Pandemic Poems. Her work will be included in the upcoming Travelling with Haiga, an international collaboration by Ion Codrescu from Romania.
Her work appears in the following literary magazines: Still Points Arts Quarterly, Ephemerae, The Prairie Journal, the UC Review, Asahi Haikuist, Verse of Silence, Gusts Tanka, the League of Canadian Poets' Fresh Voices and Poetry Pause, the neverending story, the Wales Haiku Journal, and Freefall. Her poem The Tea Set was shortlisted for the 2019 poetry prize for Room Magazine.
Josephine has featured at numerous literary events including Unspoken, the Stephansson House, the People’s Poetry Festival, Words That Move Me, Words and Music, and The Single Onion Lecture Series, Cultivating Voices Poetry Open Mic and soon Parkland Poetry series.
She was honoured to be a Poet in the Prow at the Calgary Central Library Inauguration and again at the Canada Day celebrations. She travelled to Vancouver as part of Haiku Canada’s Women Echoing Women.
Josephine is a recipient of the Setouchi-Matsuyama photo-haiku contest in Japan, a Wax Poetry & Art Contest, and the Norma Epstein Prize for Poetry.