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Metis/Dene author Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, Northwest erritories. !in"e then she#s li$e% in se$eral towns an% "ities in &.C., 'lberta, an% !askat"hewan. !he %ro((e% out of hi)h s"hool, *arrie% +oun), an% has worke% as a waitress, *o%el, usher, "o(+ writer, theatre house *ana)er, "ensus "o**issioner, sales "lerk, (la"e*ent offi"er, e%itor, an% su**er "a*( lea%er, a*on) other thin)s. ,er (ost-se"on%ar+ e%u"ation be)an at Cariboo Colle)e, &.C., where she took Co**uni"ations an% foun% that she like% to write. !he worke% in ra%io, writin) "o**er"ials for two +ears in .a*loo(s an% two +ears in /e)ina. !he %is"o$ere% (oetr+ at the 0ni$ersit+ of Cal)ar+, where she "o*(lete% an ,onours &.'. in 1n)lish an% an M.'. with %istin"tion. Currentl+, she tea"hes 1n)lish at /e% Deer Colle)e an% has for nineteen +ears. !he li$es in Cal)ar+ with .a*al !erhal, her (artner of twent+-si2 +ears. !he has four "hil%ren, three bo+s an% one )irl, ea"h one born in a %ifferent %e"a%e. 3n 4556, her (oe* 73 a* a 8ro(het9 was no*inate% for the Most Me*orable Cana%ian (oe* b+ the :iterar+ /e$iew of Cana%a. ,er first (oetr+ book, 8ale as /eal :a%ies; 8oe*s for 8auline Johnson, is in its si2th (rintin) an% has been use% in se$eral uni$ersit+ "ourses. ,er se"on% book of (oetr+, <orei)n ,o*es, was shortliste% for the 8at :owther 'war% in 4554 an% "hosen as 7&ook of the Year9 b+ =ue Ma)a>ine. ,er no$el &reathin) ?ater was shortliste% for the Co**onwealth &ook 'war% (Cana%a) an% the &ooks in Cana%a <irst No$el 'war%. ,er work a((ears in *an+ antholo)ies, she has won or (la"e% in nu*erous writin) "o*(etitions, an% in 1966 she was the re"i(ient of the &liss Car*an 'war% for 8oetr+. • • • ?inner of the 4515 .roets"h 8oetr+ &ook of the Year. <inalist for the 4515 !te(han @ !te(hansson 'war% for 8oetr+. <inalist for the 4515 C'' 8oetr+ 'war%.
8ubli"ations; • • • • Breathing Water: A Novel. 1%*onton; Ne?est, 1969. Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson. 3l%erton, Ant.; &ri"k &ooks, 1969. Foreign Homes. :on%on, Ant. &ri"k &ooks, 4551. Sub rban Legends. Cal)ar+; <reehan% &ooks, 4559.
Co*(ile% b+ :awren"e &arkwell Coor%inator of Metis ,erita)e an% ,istor+ /esear"h :ouis /iel 3nstitute