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jcloseupblanketBorn in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Joan Crate was raised to have pride in her Indigenous heritage. 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 taught literature and creative writing at Red Deer College, Alberta, for over 20 years. She lives with her family in Calgary.

Joan’s Books:

Black Apple


Simon & Schuster, March 2016

Shortlisted for the 2017 Calgary Book Award (W.O. Mitchell Book Prize)

Longlisted for the 2017 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors

Winner of The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

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