Jan Figurski grew up in Ottawa. He received a degree in English literature in 1975 from Carleton University. His first job after graduation was as a character actor; he played the role of the ghost of Robert Service in Dawson City in the Yukon. After living for a few years in British Columbia, Jan came to London to get a Master’s degree and has called London home ever since. He has two children, 4 grandchildren, and has recently retired after 30 years practice as a professional librarian.
Jan’s poetry has been called “witty and wise” (George Johnston), “energetic and striking” (Carol Off), and “very moving” (Gay Allison). He has written 3 books of poetry: Windows (1978), the Stevensdaughter Poems (1985), and Heavy Seasoning & Heavenly Bodies (1985). His poems have been published in numerous literary journals including Waves, Pieran Spring, and Poetry Toronto. Two of his poems have been published in fine art limited editions: Mental Calendars (1981) and Erotograms in A-Major ( 2002). From 1979-81 he was the editor of Eclipse: A Journal of Living Poetry and Ideas. He was also the editor of Fossils by James Reaney Sr. (1993) and The Choice of Valentines, by Thomas Nashe (2000).
In addition to his poetry, Jan is a musician. He has played in a number of London bands and his work has been recorded on 6 CDs.
Interview with Jan Figurski
Five Poems by Jan Figurski