Jenn Ashton

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada RaveOnStudio@me.com

Considering herself a writer from around the age of 6, Jenn Ashton was first published at age 14. She has written in many genres and for many purposes, from children's books, fiction and non-fiction, to newspaper editorials, music magazine columns, course and training materials and academic journals. Currently completing a number of works, you can find Jenn in the Simon Fraser University's Writer's Studio until summer of 2019.

Jenn is a member of The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, The Federation of British Columbia Writers, The North Shore Authors Collection and Access Copyright. (Photo Courtesy of Rennie Brown)


Selected Publications

Ashton, J, "On the Importance of a Deadline", Medium (July 2019)

Ashton, J, "Flatland", Fire From The Heart Chapbook, Three Oceans Press (2019)

Ashton, J, "Inside a Ring of Owls", Dreamer's Creative Writing Magazine 2nd Print Anthology (2020)

Ashton, J, "Inside Ring of Owls", Dreamer's Creative Writing Magazine Online (July 2019)

Ashton, J, "The Loving Gift", Emerge 19, Simon Fraser University Literary Journal (October 2019)

Event: Arising - Liberte Conquerante / Growing Freedom. The Instructions of Yoko Ono and the Art of John and Yoko. FONDATION PHI POUR L’ART CONTEMPORAIN, Montreal, Quebec. Contributor, words and art. (April - September 2019)

Barman, J and Barman, R and J Ashton, "Returning Chileans to the History of North Vancouver and British Columbia", Polygon Gallery, Pending (2019)

Ashton, J, "Sad Ashton", DIS(S)ENT, in/Words Magazine and Press Ed George Elliott Clarke and Sanita Fejzic (2018)

Ashton, J, "Inside the Bentwood Box", ROOM Magazine, Family Secrets Issue 41.1 Ed Rachel Thompson (2018)

Ashton, J, Issue 1: "Brownstones", Issue 2: "All The Dreams I've Had About Bears", Issue 3: "A Puddle Of Words For You To Jump In", Issue 4: "Lists". Vancouver Public Library ZINE Collection. (2018)

Ashton, J and A. Cifuentes, "The Lines I Make: Promoting Your Art In The Digital Age, A Primer for New and Emerging Artists", ISBN#9781483561141 (2015)

SoulPancake.com Content Creator and Writer 2011-2016

Ashton, J, "The Tale Of Donkey Otey", ISBN-13: 978-1631927034 (2015)

Ashton, J and Bouzyte, E, "The Great Oak Joke" ISBN-13: 9781483544144 (2014)

Ashton, J, "Mobile Educational Multimedia Studio TechKno Camp Instructor's and Student Manuals and Course Materials", MEMa Studio Annual Internal Publication (2011- 2015)

Ashton, J, "Memoirs of Matti Hopia: 1948–1951", Part 1 Siirtolaisuus – Migration 2/2009 36. vuosikerta / 36th year ISSN 0355-3779 Julkaisija /Publisher Siirtolaisuusinstituutti Migrationsinstitutet The Institute of Migration Eerikinkatu 34, 20100 Turku, Finland. (2009)

Ashton, J, "Memoirs of Matti Hopia: 1948–1951", Part 2 Siirtolaisuus – Migration 3/2009 36. vuosikerta / 36th year ISSN 0355-3779 Julkaisija /Publisher Siirtolaisuusinstituutti Migrationsinstitutet The Institute of Migration Eerikinkatu 34, 20100 Turku, Finland. (2009)

Ashton, J, "Memoirs of Matti Hopia: 1948–1951", Part 3 Siirtolaisuus – Migration 4/2009 36. vuosikerta / 36th year ISSN 0355-3779 Julkaisija /Publisher Siirtolaisuusinstituutti Migrationsinstitutet The Institute of Migration Eerikinkatu 34, 20100 Turku, Finland. (2009)

BC Musicians Magazine 2007 - 2009 Interviews and Features

Gonzo Magazine 2009-2010 Interviews and Features

North By Northeast 2005 - 2010 Interviews and Features

RaveOnStudio.Blogspot.com 2008 - Present, Art & Music Blog

Raveonstudio.com/projects/acid-house-interviews/ (2007-2010)

Ashton, J, "Health and Safety Protocols: Policy and Training Manual", for Cameray Centre Internal Publication (2003)

Gordon, R "Incarcerated Gang Members in British Columbia: A Preliminary Study", A Working Document. Department of Justice, Canada, WD1994-13e (1994)

Poirier (nee Ashton), J - "Pulmonary Sarcoidosis Presentation" Medicine North America (1993)

Ashton, J, Guest Columnist - The Courtney/Comox Valley Free Press (1985)

Ashton, J, Poetry and Reviews - The Salmon Arm Observer (1979 - 1984)


Education

Simon Fraser University

The Writer's Studio (TWS19)

Harvard & The Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning

Computer Science / Bok Teaching Certificate

Simon Fraser University

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology / Criminology



Interests

As a full time artist, I enjoy experimenting with new substrates and tools and working on projects where I can combine my writing with my visual story-telling.

In my spare time I enjoy transcribing historical documents for the Royal BC Museum as well as the City Of Vancouver Archives.

I love reading and movies, music and Rat Terriers, a hot bath on a cold night and offering up cakey sacrifices to my air conditioner in the summer. I live in North Vancouver with my husband and two dogs, in a little house under a tall cedar tree.


Awards

  • 1st Place - Muriel's Journey Poetry Prize (2019)
  • Jericho Writer's Flash Contest (2019)
  • FBCA Indigenous Research Grant (2019)
  • 3rd Place - 'Letters To June' Voices of Motherhood (2016)
  • 2nd Place - The Courtney/Comox Valley Free Press Short Story Contest (1985)
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