Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, but grew up moving around BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. A high-school drop-out, she eventually graduated with an honours BA and an MA in English, both from the University of Calgary. Her first poetry collection, Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnston, now in its sixth printing, was published by Brick Books in 1991. Her second collection, Foreign Homes, was shortlisted for the 2002 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and named a Book of the Year by Vue Weekly. Her novel Breathing Water was shortlisted for both the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. In 2008, her poem “I am a Prophet” was nominated for Most Memorable Canadian Poem by the Literary Review of Canada. Crate lives in Calgary and teaches English at Red Deer College.