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About Joanne Van Leerdam
Joanne is a poet, blogger, writer, thinker, puzzler, teacher, traveller, photographer and generally nice person.
She drinks far too much coffee, but is highly dependent on the caffeine for successful navigation of that part of each day that occurs before lunchtime, so she's not giving it up anytime soon.
Despite having lived all her life in Australia, she has, thus, far, avoided being killed or maimed by any of the deadly wildlife, which is probably a good thing. Furthermore, she does not surf, live at the beach, or have a pet kangaroo.
Other than Australia, Canada is her favourite place in the world. She's proud to have been adopted as an honorary Canadian.
In addition to writing powerful, thought-provoking poetry, short-but-incredibly meaningful stories, and some creepy, macabre horror, she teaches senior high school English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.
Joanne's poetry is contemporary, moody, sometimes sensual and always easy to read - and it will get you in the feelings. One reviewer put her on the "shelf of legends" with Ginsberg and Whitman, calling Nova "A beautiful ride through a beautiful mind".
It's high praise - why not read her work today and see if you agree?
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