Jane Silcott is an award-winning writer and teacher. Her debut collection of personal essays, Everything Rustles, published last spring by Anvil Press, was a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize. She lives in Vancouver.
Jane Silcott explores the ideas of beauty and mimicry both in theory and in the wilds of a motel complex. more
One instinctive action saves a life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. more
At first no one notices when the dog rushes your daughter as if she’s some kind of game and your daughter runs as if it’s some kind of chase. more
I don’t take public transit very often, which is a failing—not just environmentally, but also personally, because sometimes that forced contact with the rest of the populated world can be profound. In Japan, many years ago, I was trapped in the small space between train cars by a crowd of schoolboys; my claustrophobia reached such a level that one leg began to judder up and down like the needle on a sewing machine, and the only thing that prevented me from climbing out over the tops of my fellow passengers’ heads was the gaze of a man about a foot away who conveyed calm to me by keeping his eyes trained on mine. more