Jordan McElheran is a writer from a small town located on the Québec side of the Ottawa Valley. While growing up in the territory known as the Canadian Shield, McElheran developed a close relationship with the area’s terrain, wildlife, and culture; a relationship which continues to emerge in his writing, such as within the poem, Small Town in the Ottawa Valley. This poem is both specific and vague, in that the picture it paints may be of any number of small towns located on the Québec side of the Ottawa Valley; its specificity comes from illuminating a collective experience that only those who have hailed or reside in the territory can truly identify with.
McElheran’s primary goal as a writer is to continually explore Canadian identity and to express these explorations through short fiction and poetry. McElheran’s poetic influences come from 20th century American poets such as Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, E.E. Cummings, and the Canadian “Saints”: Alden Nowlan, Al Purdy, and Leonard Cohen. His work has been published in both online and print formats within Canada and the United States. McElheran is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta.