Jenn Ashton
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Considering herself a writer from the early age of six, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh First Nation writer and artist Jenn Ashton was first published at age fourteen and writes in many genres and forms; from children’s books, to newspaper editorials, music magazine columns, course and training materials and academic and literary journals. Currently working on numerous works, Jenn has also just completed a year as a Teaching Assistant at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, and studied History at the University of Oxford in 2022/23 and at the University of Edinburgh 2023/25. She was also the Writer in Residence at the British Columbia History Magazine for 2021/22 with her column “Sharing Space: Reclaiming the Indigenous History of BC”, and is an illustrator for the Retrospect History Journal.

Jenn was born and raised in British Columbia’s lower mainland and interior. In her youth, Jenn began travelling and lived throughout Canada and the US, before coming back to settle in the lower mainland in the mid-80s. She attended Simon Fraser University as a mature student, while she homeschooled her daughter and completed a five year volunteer term for the Canadian Red Cross. For the next two decades Jenn worked, volunteered and researched, continuing her education at SFU and Harvard while working in the non-profit sector at the management level. After a further decade in the music industry, Jenn began working as a professional visual artist in North Vancouver in 2015, drawing on a lifetime of adventure, which is now also reflected in her writing and film work.

Jenn is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, The North Shore Authors Collection, Access Copyright, The Indigenous Literary Studies Association, The Indigenous Editors Association, The British Association for Local History, The Society for One-Place Studies, The Vancouver Post Alliance and a past Director of The Federation of British Columbia Writers. Jenn is an Authenticity Reader for Penguin/RandomHouse U.S.A., and has recently completed work for David Grann on Killers of the Flower Moon and work for Knopf Doubleday, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Sasquatch Books, and Cengage Canada.

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