Joan Crate

Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, North­west Territories, and was brought up with pride in her Indigenous heritage. She taught literature and creative writing at Red Deer College, Alberta, for over 20 years. Her first book of poetry, Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson, has become a classic. Her first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989. She is a recipient of the Bliss Carman Award for Poetry and her last book of poetry, SubUrban Legends, was awarded Book of the Year by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She lives with her family in Calgary.

Books by this Author

Black Apple
The Look Book

Author Revealed

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing in key

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. empathy

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Absent-mindedness.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Frederick Clegg from "The Collector, (though he pales in comparison to the real life monsters of his ilk.)


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