… 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 is a collection of poetry based upon her Sicilian heritage.

Her poetry has been published in Canada,

the United States, England, Japan, India, Wales, China, France and Ireland.

Josephine has an MA in Comparative Literature (Poetry) from l'Université de Rouen in France,

a bilingual BEd from l'Université Laurentienne in Sudbury

and an Honours BA in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto.

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 upcoming (M)othering Anthology

·       the Short Edition Anthology TapPressRead

·       the upcoming Portraits of People YYC

·       Pendemic Poetry in Ireland

·       the Blue Door Lockdown Sessions in Ireland

·       Parole-Création from Montreal

·       and upcoming Pandemic Poems anthologies

Her work will be included in the upcoming Travelling with Haiga, an international collaboration by Ion Codrescu from Romania.

Her poems can be found 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

  • Moonbathing Haiku Journal

  • the Wales Haiku Journal

  • Hommage à la lecture et à l’écriture in Paris

  • Coronavirus et Solitude in Aquitaine, France

  • and Freefall Literary Magazine

Her poem the tea set was shortlisted for the 2019 Room Magazine Poetry Prize.

Josephine has featured at numerous literary events including Unspoken, the Stephansson House, Calgary's People’s Poetry Festival, Words That Move Me, Words and Music, and The Single Onion Lecture Series, The Indie YYC, Cultivating Voices Poetry Open Mic and the Parkland Poetry series.

She was honoured to be a Poet in the Prow at the inauguration of  Calgary's Central Library Inauguration and again at the Canada Day celebrations.  She travelled to Vancouver as part of Haiku Canada’s Women Echoing Women and has been featured on Blaine Greenwood's radio programme, Not Your Mother's Poetry.

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.

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