Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast. Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood, won the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP, 1992). She has published eight further books, most recently Halfling spring (Kegedonce, 2014). A frequent performer, she volunteers with the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, and (in past) with The Writers’ Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust of Canada. A grand multipara, a mentor, editor, and blogger, Joanne is currently the poetry editor for EVENT Magazine.