Joanne Van Leerdam

Contributing Author

Joanne Van Leerdam has been writing ever since she learned how to hold a pencil, but really only began to take her poetry seriously over the last few years. In addition to poetry, she blogs regularly and also writes the occasional short story.

Joanne loves reading, crosswords, sudoku, and colouring for relaxation. She plays piano and is a keen photographer.

Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is director/producer of her school's musical every year and is an active member and performer in her local theatre company. She is proud to be both an Australian and an honorary Canadian.


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Awards And Nominations

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

While it is always encouraging and validating to be acknowledged for a job well done, the true measure of success is constantly working to make your dreams a reality.


  • New Apple Awards: Official Selection - 'The Silver Feather' - 2018
  • Top Female Author: Poetry - 'Nova' - 2017
  • SIBA Award: 1st Place Short Story - 'New Horizons' - 2017
  • SIBA Award: 3rd Place Poetry - 'Nova' - 2017

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