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Joanna Lilley

Photo: Glenn Rudman 2019

Joanna Lilley is the author of three poetry collections, Endlings (Turnstone Press), If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She's also the author of the novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and the short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna has been published and given readings all across Canada as well as in the USA, England and Scotland, and has delivered workshops as far afield as Alaska and Iceland. She has an MLitt degree in creative writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and is a Humber School for Writers graduate. Joanna also has diplomas in plain language editing and journalism. She's from the UK and now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, where she helped to set up the new Yukon Words society. She's also on the board of the Federation of BC Writers. Joanna is grateful to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council on whose Traditional Territories she resides. She's online at and @joanna__lilley.

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Endlings. Turnstone Press, 2020
Worry Stones. Ronsdale Press, 2018
If There Were Roads. Turnstone Press, 2017
The Birthday Books. Hagios Press, 2015
The Fleece Era. Brick Books, 2014


Aryamati Poetry Prize – joint runner up, 2020
Planet in Peril Poetry Competition – first prize, 2019
The Malahat Review Open Season Awards – finalist, 2018
The Antigonish Review Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest – third prize, 2014
Guernsey’s International Poetry Competition – fourth place, 2014
Dr. Henry Drummond Poetry Contest – second prize, 2013
Vancouver International Writers Festival Contest – first prize (poetry), 2012 (also second prize in 2011 and in 2010)
Baked Poetry Contest – first prize (joint), 2009
Authors on Eighth Writing Contest – first prize (non-fiction, Yukon), 2008
Lothian Life Poetry Competition – first prize, 2005
Worldwise Regional Creative Writing Competition – first prize, 2004
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