See what people are saying about Joanna's books, listen to interviews with her or read articles she's written about her work.


Active Voice 
Podcast interview with Katie Bausler of 49 Writers, Alaska

Worry Stones

Stones, snow, and chocolate
Review by Jenna Butler in The Ormsby Review

Fiction review by Steve Noyes
Review in The Malahat Review

Publication news
The Caledonia Novel Award folk ask Joanna about her journey to publication for Worry Stones.

Joanna Lilley on how long it can take to write a novel

Guest blog on Gail Anderson-Dargatz's site

First Fiction Friday: Worry Stones
All Lit Up

Stones and hard places

Review by Cherie Thiessen in BC BookWorld 

A story 17 years in the making
Interview by Amy Kenny, Yukon News

Whitehorse author releases first novel
Interview by Dave White, CBC North, Airplay

An author's dream
Interview by Elke Reinauer, What's Up Yukon

Local author to launch debut novel

If There Were Roads

The Devonian period
By Joanna Lilley, Anchorage Press

Talking with Yukon author and poet Joanna Lilley
Interview with Alex McCumbers, News of the North, Alaska

Yukon author, poet touring Alaska

Interview with Scott Burton, KTOO

Today's Book of Poetry 
Review by Michael Dennis

Quattrain Questions – living and writing in the north

Interview by Turnstone Press

From Whitehorse to Muenster, poet shares love of writing at St Peter's

Interview by Becky Zimmer, Humboldt Journal

Longing for places: Joanna Lilley's new poetry collection explores the nostalgia of landscapes

Interview by Lori Garrison, Yukon News

All her roads lead to poetry

Interview by Elke Reinauer, What's Up Yukon    

If There Were Roads by Joanna Lilley

Book review by Tara Borin, Truths from the Trenches

Writing for Animals

Interview by Ashland Creek Press

The Birthday Books

"Lilley had a real knack for description and with a gamut of settings and scenarios from Yukon to Scotland, I felt like a real armchair traveler."
– John Mutford, The Book Mine Set

"Lilley is most effective with achieving a specific mood within her stories, the characters’ observations and emotional weight colouring the diverse landscapes she portrays, from Edinburgh to Whitehorse, remote Inuit communities to English gardens."

– Allison LaSorda, The Malahat Review

"Each story in this collection is sparely and carefully crafted, beautifully nuanced, yet the intelligence at work is of a higher order, one doubtlessly gained from extensive travel, insight into social circumstance and human nature, and empathy for the human condition. It is a collection resisting summary, the work of a poet equally at home in the short story form, a journey readers will be grateful to have taken."

– Justin Dittrick, SPG Book Reviews 

"Lilley's short story collection is a book like no other. It touches readers and makes them fall in love with the north..."

– Elke Reinauer, What's Up Yukon

Listen a to a radio interview with CBC North host Dave White about The Birthday Books.

Whitehorse writer explores the north's magnetic pull

Interview by Pierre Chauvin, Yukon News 

The Fleece Era

Visit Brick Books online to read some reviews of The Fleece Era and to hear or read some interviews (you'll need to scroll down and click on the tabs). Meanwhile, here are some review snippets.

“I’m reminded of Emily Dickinson’s semi-mystical, epigrammatic lyrics, but also Elizabeth Bishop’s pointillist portraiture—the exquisite image and restrained emotion."

– George Elliott Clarke, The Chronicle Herald

“In a quiet space called imagination, a magical trail of ink flows from Joanna Lilley’s words and seeps inside my head. It swirls and stirs like eddies in a remote stream and my admiration deepens for the lyrical work of this award-winning Yukon-based and UK-born poet.”

– Debbie Okun Hill, Kites Without Strings

“Lilley has a knack for distilling the intricacies of familial relationships to a single galvanizing image: 'Once the will was read / and the sweater wasn't in it / I knew it was my inheritance.'”

– Zachary Abram, Journal of Canadian Poetry – The Poetry Review

“In a voice that is at times happily off-kilter and nearly musical, the poems in Joanna Lilley’s The Fleece Era seek to solve the riddles of her present life in the Yukon and her past familial relationships...”

– Al Rempel, Arc Poetry Magazine

“The poems are both sardonic and comforting, resistant and motherly. Lilley writes about both individualism and dependency in an attempt to locate identity in society, in family, and in self that is both liberating and loving.”

– Contemporary Verse 2

“Her real gift is for last lines—in the James Wright tradition, she often moves from the lyrical into the meditative—a line or two at the end that lock each poem: 'If she throws all of her rocks into the ocean,/there might be enough for a bridge' (“The Collection”).”

– Emily Wall, Canadian Literature, A Quarterly of Criticism and Review

“Each event in The Fleece Era is hauntingly recognizable. To put it in her own words, the poems are are 'felt and seen rather than just merely thought.'”

– Contemporary Verse 2, Snapshots

“There are so many poems in The Fleece Era that could count toward my list of favourites that the challenge to relay them all in a single review would be overly daunting and not really feasible...”

– Andreas Gripp

“At times chilling in its honesty, The Fleece Era nevertheless embraces the complexities of human life with warmth and passion.”

– Adebe deRango-Adem, Quill and Quire

“The Fleece Era contains some beautiful poetry, but has a narrative ease to it that will appeal to readers who don’t usually read poetry. The writing is taut yet deep, brimming with energy and openness.”

– Literary Press Group of Canada

“Joanna Lilley’s The Fleece Era is the discovery of Brick Books’ spring season, a first poetry collection with a subtle, shifting vision of ecological and human connection.”

– Julian Gunn, The Coastal Spectator

“In her poem 'Neo-Colonialist', Joanna Lilley brushes aside her sensitivities and concerns and adopts a comical tone that is (self-)critical of tropes associated with historical and economical privilege, bringing about a marvelous effect, and this crafty poetic approach amid our obsession with everything North is to be found throughout her collection.”

– Garry Thomas Morse, Jacket2