Jordan Scott, born in 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Canadian poet and author, renowned for his unique contribution to children’s literature. He studied English at Simon Fraser University and the University of Calgary, earning his B.A. and M.A. respectively. He was the Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University and recipient of the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.
A trailblazer in his field, Scott’s distinctive storytelling style merges sensitivity and warmth, resonating deeply with young audiences. His breakthrough came with the publication of »I Talk Like a River« in 2020. The book, praised for its evocative narrative and stunning illustrations, explores a young boy’s experience with stuttering. »The way I talk is a tide of breath held back, held in, let go« Scott wrote, poignantly encapsulating the protagonist’s struggle. This quote reflects Scott’s ability to convey complex emotional experiences with clarity and gentleness, making them accessible to children.
Following the success of »I Talk Like a River«, Scott released »My Baba’s Garden« in 2023. This poignant narrative garnered critical acclaim, receiving starred reviews from major publications like »The New York Times« and »The Horn Book«. Scott’s unique voice in children’s literature, coupled with his sensitive approach to storytelling, has made his work indispensable in the genre.
Scott’s works have been lauded internationally, earning him several prestigious awards including the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award and the Silver Slate Pencil. His contribution to children’s literature has not only been recognized in his native Canada, but also in the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, China, Italy, and Taiwan.
Craig Morgan Teicher, writing for »The New York Times«, described Scott’s work as »captivating and deeply empathetic«. This admiration from critics, coupled with his international accolades, underscores the importance and resonance of Scott’s work.
Apart from writing, Scott is a lecturer at the UBC School of Creative Writing and holds readings and workshops at various institutions. His work extends beyond the realm of literature, influencing academic discourse and shaping pedagogical practices. Scott lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.