Jo Jefferson is a Toronto-based queer writer and parent who grew up in Nova Scotia. Their essay, “How I (Finally) Became a Genderqueer Parent,” was included in Caitlin Press’s anthology Swelling With Pride. Their first novel, Lightning and Blackberries, was released by Nimbus Publishing in 2008. When they’re not writing or reading, Jo hangs out with their kids, works at a community centre, explores the world, and facilitates workshops with creators of all ages.
Jo is a Long Form 2016 mentee and worked with Olive Senior.