Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, based in Richmond, BC. Author of six books of poetry and three books in other genre, Joanne’s essays and poetry appear in more than 25 anthologies, including Indigenous Poetics, Uncommon Wealth, Native Poetry in Canada, Native Literature in English, How the Light Gets In (Ireland), Double Lives, Without Reservation, Manitowapow, 111 West Coast Literary Portraits, Alive at the Centre (PPP), and Force Field. She is currently the Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine.
A founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, past volunteer on The Writers Union of Canada’s National Council and The Writers Trust Author’s Committee, Joanne is mother to six young people, all born at home. She has also worked as judge or jurist on a variety of literary prizes and awards, including BC Book Prizes (Poetry), SaskArt (short non-fiction), Governor General’s Award (Poetry), and Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize (Uganda).
Halfling Spring: an internet romance with illus by Leo Yerxa (Kegedonce Press), 2014
A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale Press) 2013
Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image (ed., AWCWC 2011)
Mother Time: Poems New & Selected (Ronsdale Press) 2007
Steepy Mountain love poetry (Kegedonce Press) 2004
Breasting the Waves: On Writing & Healing (Press Gang) 1995
My Grass Cradle (Press Gang) 1993
Ma MacDonald, with illus by Mary Anne Barkhouse (Women’s Press) 1992
Wiles of Girlhood (Press Gang) 1991 LCP’s Gerald Lampert Award, 1992
the family of crow (Leaf Press) 2012
Longing: four poems on diverse matters (Rubicon) 2008
Joanne appears at BookFest Windsor November 5 at 12:30 pm in the Poetry Cafe panel, and at a pop-up reading at Artcite, November 4, 7 pm