Voice from the Wildherness


Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, mentor, educator, opera singer and spoken word performer. Jude has publishes frequently in a variety of print and online journals, including The Antigonish Review, Ascent Aspirations, Quill, and Leaf Press. She is included in anthologies, and e-zines, and has been short-listed, highly commended, and a finalist in other international competitions.

The cover shows an old fashioned open suitcase with children's clothes from the 1940s strewn about as well as books and a teddy bear. It is evocative of the things Joy Kogawa may have taken to internment camp in World War Two.Jude believes that her writing should move, elevate, and illuminate. Her poems are like snapshots appearing on the page. They give a brief, intense look at love, sex, relationships, nature and desire. She prefers to keep her poems short to better capture the moments and images that are constantly filtering through her brain. Believing that in brevity lies power, Jude likes to start with a larger version of a poem and whittle it down to its essential self.

In 2020 Jude was writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, where she wrote her tenth book of poetry, Inside the Pearl. Her husband, photographer Paul Hoosen, created the evocative images for the book. It is being published in 2021 by Guernica Editions. (See upcoming events at right.)

The cover shows a bright sunset over a lake.Jude is publishing another fresh collection of poetry in 2021, entitled The River Answers (Ekstasis Editions). Her eighth book, Impromptu, (Ekstasis Editions) was published in 2020.

She has been a winner in competitions featuring flash fiction and short stories. Her book A Quiet Coming of Light, a Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, in recognition of Canadian female poets, and her poetry was a finalist for the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize in Ireland. Jude has collaborated with many artists including the visual artist Jane Kenyon at their textile/poetry installation in June and July, 2021, at the Hearth Gallery on Bowen Island, BC.

One of Jude’s poems from her book, Splendid in Its Silence, was chosen by Britain’s Poet Laureate to ride with other winners around the Channel Islands on public transit for a year, and she was a featured reader at the Guernsy International Literary Festival. This book was an SPM Prize winner and was published in the UK. Some of the poems in this collection can be heard on Jude’s collaborative EP, Places Beyond with the renowned composer and viola player, Thomas Beckman. Jude and Thomas subsequently performed the world premier of their original St. Roch Suite with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.

Jude and Bonnie Nish started an online collaboration in 2018 which led them to write Cantata in Two Voices (Ekstasis Editions) in fifty challenging days. She had two books, A Blooming (Ekstasis Editions) and We Sing Ourselves Back, published in 2019.

“Fresh, mesmerizing, original and exuberant (but with a necessarily haunted and dark side), these are such emotionally stunning poems that I recommend them very highly to your attention. Jude has a great sense of rhythm too, but then she’s a classically trained mezzo-soprano. She also has an uncanny way of allowing her unconscious to toss up images whose random illogic’ enchants. “

Elisabeth Harvor “The Long Cold Green Evenings of Spring”, “An Open Door In The Landscape”

Meet Jude at Coming Events

  • In September Jude is having a launch at both Guernica Editions launch and at Joy Kogawa House. She will read several poems from the book with photographs. launch. Dates & times TBA
  • Guernica launch on Zoom Sep 12 - 12:30 Pacific
  • Launch at Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver on September 19 at 4pm. Jude will read several poems from the book with photographs.
  • The Bowen Island launch for Inside the Pearl is on October 1, 2021, 7:30pm, at the Hearth Gallery.

  • Jude will be facilitating a workshop on Sunday, August 8: "Impromptu, Poetry Writing from 1-2pm on Bowen Island. Register
  • In the afternoon, Jude will be reading from A Blooming, Impromptu, The River Answers and The Flaw, from between 2:30 and 5pm on Bowen Island. She will be one of several Bowen writers performing at that time. More Info

Jude Reads Poetry