Joanna's in-person book tour events for Endlings, her new poetry collection about extinct animals, have either been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.

Here are some events taking place online instead:

The Art Bar Poetry Series
Featuring Joanna Lilley and Fraser Sutherland
Tuesday 9 June 2020
8pm Ontario time
On Facebook

Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada
Biennial Conference: Watershed, lit., fig.
8 to 10 July 2020
Online event
University of Saskatchewan

Wild Words North Festival
24 to 26 September 2020
Online event
Fort Nelson, BC

Victoria Festival of Authors
30 September to 4 October
Check for details

Videos of earlier 2020 events and readings

Surrey Muse
Featuring Joanna plus Cynthia Sharp, Dabke Dancers, Nefertiti SheLa Morrison and Sana Janjua
22 May 2020

Poetry London Mini Digital Reading Series
Featuring Joanna plus Robin Richardson and Gillian Sze
20 May 2020

Periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics
Joanna reads three poems from Endlings
28 April 2020

Pandemic Response Reading Series
Joanna in conversation with Cary Hamel of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Victoria Markstrom of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, hosted by poet Paul Pearson
22 April 2020

Schmoozing with Poets
Joanna in conversation with host Lee Ellen Pottie
19 April 2020

49th Shelf Launchpad
Interview and reading

Pending events not yet cancelled or postponed

Red Tree Reading Series
Sunday 18 October 2020
Vancouver Island

Lunch Poems at SFU
Wednesday 21 October 2020
Simon Fraser University
Tock Gallery, Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Check for more details

Sidney Reading Series
Friday 23 October 2020
Vancouver Island, BC

Animals Across Discipline, Time and Space
Rescheduled for 4 to 7 November 2020
John Hill: Poetry Performance
Madeleine Lavin: Book Louse – A Speculative Fabulation
Joanna Lilley: Hearing Voices – Poems of Extinction
Mandy-Suzanne Wong: Awabi
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

Events postponed due to COVID-19 that will hopefully place later in 2020 or in 2021

Portsmouth Poetry
Poetry workshops and readings with Tessa Foley, Emily Priest, Maggie Sawkins, Liz Weston
Guildhall Studio

Poetry Café
Poetry reading and open mic
The Vinyl Frontier
Eastbourne, East Sussex

Critical Animal Studies in an Age of Mass Extinction
Biennial Conference of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kelowna, BC

Brown and Dickson Bookstore
Poetry reading with Tom Cull and Joanna Lilley
567 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Check back for details

knife fork book
Poetry reading with Kate Marshall Flaherty, Laura K McCrae and Joanna Lilley
Artspace Youngplace
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario

Vertigo Series
Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan

McNally Robinson Bookstore
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Are you in a book club?

Get in touch if you'd like Joanna to come to your book club via Skype or FaceTime. 

Past events

So far in 2020, Joanna has read at:
  • Pivot Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon (21 January 2020)
  • Globe Theatre in Atlin, BC (8 February 2020)
  • Pandemic Response Reading Series – online (22 April 2020)
  • Surrey Muse – online (22 May 2020)
  • Alberni Valley Words on Fire – online (27 May 2020)

In 2019, Joanna took part in the Young Authors' Conference in Whitehorse, Live Words in Whitehorse and Teslin, and the Growing Room festival in Vancouver. She also gave a writing workshop with Os Pressan in Reykjavik, Iceland, a reading and talk about her debut novel, Worry Stones, at the Scottish Writers' Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, and a poetry reading from If There Were Roads at Poetry Chichester in England. She also gave a poetry reading at Gurdeep Pandher's Punjabi Dinner in Whitehorse and read from her novel at libraries in Campbell River, Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island. 

In 2018, Joanna gave readings from Worry Stones at St Peter's College in Muenster, the Vertigo Series in Regina and McNally Robinson bookstore in Saskatoon with novelist Barbara Langhorst. She also read at People's Coop Bookstore in Vancouver with novelist Ethel Whitty. Joanna also took part in a poetry 'milk run' tour of Alaska, hosted by 49 Writers, giving workshops, readings and craft talks in Juneau, Cordova and Anchorage on the theme of Human Geography: Putting Words in their Place. Also in 2018, Joanna gave poetry readings at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, Lunch Poems at SFU in Vancouver, the BIG LIT festival in Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland; the launch of The Northern Review in Whitehorse, Yukon; St Peter's College, Muenster, Saskatchewan; McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg with Karen Clavelle and Carmelo Militano; knife fork book poetry bookstore in Toronto with Richard Scarsbrook and Steve Venright, and with Lisa L Moore, Jamella Hagen, jkmunro and Michael Eden Reynolds at Baked Café, Whitehorse. She also hosted authors at the Atlin Lit Up festival in British Columbia.

In earlier years, Joanna has taken parts in events all across Canada and has participated in the Cascadia Poetry Festival (Seattle), Edmonton Poetry Festival, gritLIT (Hamilton), NorthWords NWT (Yellowknife), The Word on the Street in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Atlin Lit Up (British Columbia) and the Whitehorse Poetry Festival.

It wouldn't happen without them

Joanna is very grateful to all the volunteers and venues who have hosted and helped herShe also very much appreciates the financial support of the Government of Yukon Touring Artist Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts for many of these events.