Joanne Light holds degrees in psychology, education and fine art (painting) from Acadia and NSCAD universities (influences ranged from Blake, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, Vanier, Frye, Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and Roethke to Rothko, Borduas, Riopelle and Beuys). She taught in six provinces in Deschambault and Big Trout Lakes and Davis Inlet, Whapmagoostui and Kuuguarapik, Kimosoompotnak, Kitchee Nuhmay Koosib and Natuashish and five countries in Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong and in Abu Dhabi.
She has three juried acceptances at the Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio and Advanced Seminar in poetry with mentors Irving Layton, Barbara Klar, Sid Marty, Fred Stenson and Alison Pick; also, Yvonne Trainor at the Maritime Writers' Workshop; Daphne Marlatt at Sage Hill Writing Experience's Poetry Colloquium; Mick Burrs at the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild and Thomson Highway and Allen Ginsburg at the WFNS. Her most recent journal publication was two poems in Toronto's Arc Magazine.
Light has published two trade books with Nimbus Publishing and three titles under her own press--Tapwema. She is presently finishing up a memoir: On, On, On, On: Stories of Teaching and Travelling.
Having travelled to twenty-five countries, she has lived for the past six years in her birthplace--Halifax.
She has given writing workshops in poetry nd travel writing at Dalhousie University and the Saint John Arts Centre and is a seasoned teacher and facilitator.Publications
Poetry "Arc Magazine", "Grain" "Nfld.Quarterly" Pottersfield Portfolio" "Potato Eyes" " Pierian Spring" "Briarpatch" "This Magazine" "Alpha Magazine"
Books: Coastal Nova Scotia Outdoor Adventure Guide (Nimbus), Hiking Nova Scotia (Nimbus), Meeting the North (Tapwema Press), Nomos: Shaping the Land/ Physis: that Shapes Us (Tapwema Press), Suzie, an Orphan Orangutan: a Very Sad and a Little Bit Happy Story. (Tapwema Press)
Anthologies: Seasons' Light; Lah de Dah Poetry; That Not Forgotten.Awards
Scholarships to three Banff Centre literary arts' studios--Advanced Writing Seminar, Wired Writing Studio 2008 & 2010
NSCAD Studio Bursary in painting
Three Honourable Mentions in the Ontario Poetry Society's Poetry Competition
Canada Council Emerging Artist Grant
Nova Scotia Department of Culture Bursaries (3)
Canada Council Travel Grant