About The Author
Joan is a Calgary poet and has been published in Room of One's Own, Freefall, Priaire Journal and U of C's Anthology "Writing the Terrain".
Her first book of poetry "Revolutions" (Leaf Press 2008) is a collection of poems about the family life and court influences of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, as they construct their "nest" over twenty-three years of rule.
From the cannon voice of Nicky's father, Tsar Alexander III, to the Romanov family's bloody assassination in July 1918, these poems explore a man's ability to have absolute power in one realm of his life, yet be powerless in another, and as a result lose it all.
In the spring of 2009, two of Joan's poems won second prize in the Freefall Poetry and Fiction contest judged by Austin Clarke.