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C. Jean Downer

C. Jean Downer

Born: in Pasco Washington, USA
Resides: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
E-mail: cjd (at) cjeandowner (dot) com

C. Jean Downer attributes an abiding wealth of creativity to living in a temperate forest near the Pacific Ocean on the traditional, unceded, and shared territories of Coast Salish peoples. Short form poems are her favourite compositions, especially the English language haiku. Downer’s pieces have appeared in national and international print and online journals and anthologies. She is a member of Haiku Canada and the Haiku Society of America.

Awards and Other Honors:

The Haiku Invitational, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2023 Winner, Best of British Columbia Selected Publications.

Selected Work
garbage day
two crows share
a happy meal
white lies
she pins the laundry
in the sun
rime frost
packing the house
she left us
making thicker fog  
in the fog 
row of chimneys
on my walking trail
a leaf
joins the litter
city zoo
children busy folding
paper cranes


“garbage day” – Presence Haiku Journal Issue 78, March 2024; “white lies” – Modern Haiku Vol. 55:1, Winter 2024; “rime frost” – The Heron’s Nest Vol. XXV, Number 4: December 2023; “making thicker fog” – tsuri-dōrō Issue #14, March/April 2023; “on my walking trail” – Akistu Quarterly Winter Issue 2023; “city zoo” – Haiku Canada Review October 2023.

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