Joanna Lilley's fifth book and third poetry collection, Endlings, was published by Turnstone Press in 2020 and won the Fred Kerner Book Award. Joanna is also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Awardand a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna's other poetry collections are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna loves sharing the joy of words has given readings, talks and workshops as far afield as Alaska and Iceland. As well as an MLitt degree in creative writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, she has a postgraduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers and diplomas in journalism and plain language editing. She's a founding board member of Yukon Words and in 2021 won the Borealis Prize, the Commissioner of Yukon Award for Literary Contribution. Joanna grew up in the south of England and lived in Wales and Scotland before emigrating to Canada fifteen years after a solo bicycle ride across Canada and over the Arctic Circle. She now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, with gratitude on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council. 

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    What Joanna is working on

    Joanna is currently working on a novel with the very much appreciated support of a Canada Council for the Arts grant and an Access Copyright Foundation grant.

    Joanna is also working on a poetry manuscript and a family project with her niece Leonora Lilley.