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Jordan  A.  Trethewey
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Fredericton Poet Laureate Jordan Trethewey currently lives in Nashwaaksis [Fredericton], with his wife, son, and daughter.

Jordan writes poetry, drama, children's literature, historical and short fiction. His writing appears in national and international journals and in a lunar capsule on the Moon.

He is an editor at the online literary journal Open Arts Forum. Some of his work is also translated in Vietnamese, Farsi, and French. Jordan's recent books, Spirits for Sale (2019), and Unexpected Mergers (2021) are collaborations with Dutch artist Marcel Herms and are available at

Jordan was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and grew up in the village of New Germany, Nova Scotia. He graduated from New Germany Rural High School in 1996, and from St. Thomas University with honours in 2004 (BA), where he was the inaugural recipient of the Robert Clayton Casto Prize in Poetry in 2002.

How has New Brunswick influenced your work?

Jordan's public-school days were full of reading and the desire to one day join his heroes on a library bookshelf. But it was in New Brunswick, beginning at St. Thomas University under the guidance and mentorship of Ilkay Silk and Linda McNutt, that he felt encouraged and supported to find his voice within the writing world.

What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?

Jordan's favourite New Brunswick book is the Selected Poems of Alden Nowlan.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?

Being named Fredericton Poet Laureate 2021-2023. Then being asked to stay on in the role for an additional year in 2024.

Literary Prizes

Robert Clayton Casto Prize in Poetry - 2002

Featured Publication

Unexpected Mergers

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