Winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards).
Recent Mistakes is full of stunning metaphor, erotic imagery and precise language.
"She is a careful, caring writer who pays attention to the way sound affects sense...these poems [are] vigorously signed and stamped, so bravely sealed and delivered."
-- Carol Shields for Border Crossings
"...there is a frank, compelling female voice at work in these poems..."
--The Toronto Star
"...the poems are lyrics which probe to the heart of personal experience."
--The Winnipeg Free Press
"...one of the finest collections of poetry to come out of Winnipeg in recent years...[Recent Mistakes] showcases a clean, controlled, lyrical voice that one would expect from a more experienced poet, as well as brilliant satire, sophisticated feminist insight, and new and startling poetic language. Horner's treatment of the modern woman's dilemma is simply wonderful."
-- Prairie Fire Review of Books
"Desire in Recent Mistakes, at once nostalgic and sinister, reveals the impossibility of our holding firm in a world of cunning. Here, dreams explore the incertitude of their own wisdom; letters threaten never to reach their destinations. Libraries that would astonish even someone of Borges' imagination become an uncanny space where lovers find sanctuary, where deceitful meanings seek refuge. Jan Horner's poetry is of exquisite lyric power."
-- Smaro Kamboureli
"No mistake about it. These poems wail the I/You song from a deep and palpable desire -- an originary hunger in the voice reinstated with an impeccable lyricism."
-- Fred Wah
"A stellar debut from Manitoba poet Jan Horner demonstrates deft feminist insight with intense metaphor, powerful language and erotic imagery."
-- Sue Matheson
Jan Horner’s first collection of poetry, Recent Mistakes (Turnstone Press), won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Her second collection, Elizabeth Went West (Turnstone Press), was a finalist for the same prize. Jan was also a finalist for the John Hirsch Award. Her most recent book of poetry, Mama Dada: Songs of the Baroness's Dog (Turnstone Press), based on the life and work of Baronness Else von Freytag Loringhoven, won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Jan was a member of the editorial collective of Contemporary Verse 2 and has served on the boards of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the League of Canadian Poets and as a juror for many literary awards. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Manitoba and her Masters of Library Science from the University of Toronto. Jan lives in Winnipeg and works as a librarian at the University of Manitoba.