Melanie Janisse-Barlow is a poet and artist. Her first collection of poetry, Orioles in the Oranges (Guernica, 2009), was listed for the Relit Award, and her essay poems Detroit were listed in Best American Essays (2013). Her most recent poetry collection is Thicket (Palimpsest Press, 2019). As a visual artist, she has work in private and public collections around the world. Her ongoing Poet Series, a self-curating/practopoietic series of portraits of Canadian poets, has reached 80 pieces and has gained national media coverage in Canada and the US. She lives between her home in Windsor, Ontario and her wooden boat Kalinka in Toronto.
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