Jill Battson is currently the Poet Laureate of Cobourg, Ontario. During the 1990s she created and ran the Toronto poetry series The Poets’ Refuge. She was the poetry editor for Insomniac Press from 1999 to 2001. Her first book, Hard Candy, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. She has written several plays and solo works, including How I learned to live with obsession as well as Ecce Homo and Hard Candy – enhanced monologues for dance and voice. She has written the libretti for two short operas produced by Tapestry New Opera Works, and she produced an electro acoustic sound art project, LinguaElastic, for the Canadian Music Centre. The work Dark Star Requiem, for which she wrote the libretto, will premiere at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in June 2010. Jill’s third book of poems, Dark Star Requiem, is forthcoming with Folded & Gathered Press.