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Joan Skelton

Photo: Kathryn Hunt 2009

“Novelist Joan Skelton (The Survivor of the Edmund Fitzgerald) was adamant about Toronto having no influence on her writing. “Although born, raised, and educated exclusively in Toronto, Joan Skelton’s spiritual home was not, and is not there. She knew from childhood she would be a writer but it was not until she moved away from the large urban setting that she found her subject matter in the people and country of northern Ontario.” Toronto, A Literary Guide, Greg Gatenby

Joan Skelton divides her time between her main residence outside Thunder Bay on the leeward end of Lake Superior and her cottage outside Sault Ste. Marie on the windward end. Her vocations have been writing and family, her avocation photography and dogs. An important interest reflected in her books and free-lance articles has always been the human relationship to the natural world. Her work-in-progress however reflects more: the humans’ relationship beyond the natural world.

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Publications

The Survivor of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Penumbra Press, 2007 Second Edition
Rescue from Grampa Woo. Natural Heritage Books, 1998
INTERLUDE, The Story of Elliot Lake (pseudonym Joan Kurisko).
THE WOMEN'S GREAT LAKES READER (excerpt The Survivor of the Edmund Fitzgerald). Ladyslipper Press (Second edition), 2000

Awards

The Elizabeth Kouhi Award for Northwestern Ontario Writers' Workshop (NOWW), 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
No
GST:
GST not applicable