Praise for Wild Fierce Life

My 2018 memoir Wild Fierce Life debuted on the BC Bestseller List. It was previously listed on 49th Shelf’s Spring 2018 Most Anticipated list and has subsequently been noted in these terrific reviews: http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/review-wild-fierce-life-probes-the-intensity-of-b-c-s-coastal-life “With its gorgeous prose and adept storytelling, Wild Fierce Life captures life on the outer coast in a way that few […]

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April is Poetry Month

I love chapbooks. I love their smallness and their completeness, their ability to perfectly express a single idea or theme. I love their freedom, their unabashed desire for individuality and self-expression. And I love the artistry behind them. Chapbooks represent their authors beautifully—a welcome respite from big-box-blockbuster books and the world of Heather’s Pick. Over […]

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Finding Tofino

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Poetry Advent Calendar

The Poetic Advent Calendar is a quietly passionate, non-denominational, non-commercial way to reflect on the holiday season.

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In Memorium: Leviathan II

For those who searched, for those who survived, for those who were lost and those left behind. October 25th, 2015 Double click on the photo to read the poem in its entirety.   Copyright: Joanna Streetly

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Day 1 of the Artist’s Challenge

    Day 1 This is a painting of Florencia Bay on Vancouver Island. It was a soft winter day and the sun was stuck in a hazy cloud. I loved the light on the sand as the creek ran out to the sea. Acrylic on canvas Apologies for the cropping. It didn’t fit on […]

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Latest news: Kudos for “In This Together” and more…

Earlier in 2016, my work was published by Brindle and Glass in Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail’s anthology In This Together: 15 true stories of real reconciliation. The attention the book has received has been terrific: it has reached Number 7 in the National Post’s domestic best seller list and it is among the top five books rated […]

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My Own Private Mandela

I can’t say what Nelson Mandela gave the world. I only know what he gave me: his hoarse voice, with its beautifully rolled Rs and surging strength; his unwavering message; the compassion in his face, his eyes; the way that compassion existed in equal measure to his resolve; his understanding of our collective flaws as […]

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For Gael

Never was a fire so beautiful as that night,And the beach washed alive with sunset —impossible hues of pink, purple, red infusing us with summer’s final moments   We sat high up on the medicine rock breathing in beauty, glowing, seeing even the marks of the bear her meandering path, so fresh in the sand. […]

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Missing Frank Harper

No two ways around it. I miss Frank.* “I feel like I keep missing you,” Frank wrote once, after a whirlwind visit where I picked up my dog Sweetheart from the Catface vacation she had taken with him. He was writing to list all the things he’d been saving up to tell me. But lately […]

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