Jan Horner was born in Galt, now Cambridge, Ontario, and moved to Winnipeg in 1963. Mama Dada: Songs of the Baroness’s Dog is her 3rd book of poetry. She won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 1989 for Recent Mistakes (Turnstone Press), and was a finalist for same award in 1999 for her second book Elizabeth Went West (also Turnstone Press).
She has a B.A. Hon (English) and M.A. (English) from the U. of Manitoba, where she wrote a thesis was on Ursula K. LeGuin. She works as a librarian at the U. of Manitoba where she is presently Acting Associate Director, Collections, and has an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) from the U. of Toronto. She was a member of the editorial collective of CV2 magazine (with Di Brandt, Pamela Banting & Jane Casey) from 1984-1990. She has served on the boards of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the League of Canadian Poets. She was writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario in 2001/2002 (jointly sponsored by the University of Western Ontario & the Canada Council) during which time she worked on Mama Dada.