Jennifer Bowering Delisle was born in Edmonton, AB, and has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in various literary magazines. She holds a PhD in English 2008 from the University of British Columbia and is the author of The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration. She currently resides in Edmonton, AB.
Praise for The Bosun Chair
A treasure-box of Newfoundland lore, collected by the great-granddaughter of not one, but two, shipwreck-braving poets, The Bosun Chair's seamless movement between memoir, poetry, interview and historical document echoes Ondaatje's early genre-blending lyric prose. Deslisle tenderly imagines a family history of the ancestral Newfoundland she never knew.
Sonnet L'Abbe, author of A Strange Relief
[T]he author's delicate language will have you feeling comfortable as you swing from moment to moment and piece together her myriad stories.
Poetic linking throughout the book ... reminds us of the gaps in our own identity. In the end, Delisle helps us realize that construction of identity is an ongoing, slippery and deliberate journey.
Elizabeth Johnston, Atlantic Books Today
The Bosun Chair, with its transparency of process and its artful blend of reportage, poetry, and prose, shines a light on migration's dark sea.
Susan Olding, The Malahat Review
[The Bosun Chair] resonates with a subtle charm and quiet beauty, and the small outports of Newfoundland indeed become our imagined place, as well as Delisle's.
Suzanne James, Canadian Literature