Living Artfully

  Living Artfully: Reflections from the West Coast is a collection of essays that uncovers the interrelationship of creativity and geography through intimate portrayals of the lives of artists. The Key Publishing House Inc.2012

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Wolf at my Door, non-fiction

by Joanna Streetly (Feature article for BBC Wildlife Magazine, 2000.) “The hatred has religious roots: the wolf was the Devil in disguise. And it has secular roots: wolves killed stock and made men poor. At a more general level it had to do, historically, with feelings about wilderness. What men said about one, they usually […]

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Playing God, postcard story

Playing God (Or, the worst moment in a dog owner’s life. In 300 words.) I show him the beach one last time, let him gulp the salty air from the open door of the truck. After that everything changes. Smiles fade. No matter how slowly I drive, drift logs and sea foam shear away, too […]

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Midnight at Catface, creative non-fiction

Midnight at Catface by Joanna  Streetly Writing the West Coast Ronsdale, 2008 I could have stayed there all night, I think. Breathing deeply, I would have continued to stare around me, knowing that however long I lingered, my eyes would never be able to take it all in; my pores would never be saturated; my […]

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When I Find William


When I Find William by Joanna Streetly Westerly News (Written after the disappearance of an eight-year old boy from a beach in Tofino. He was presumed to be swept out to sea when an extensive search failed to find him.) When I find William he is standing on my street in a misty orange pool […]

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Water In My Blood

Water In My Blood by Joanna Streetly Women & Environment international magazine I. Iere Village, Trinidad 1975 Wet season, dry season, cricket season, kite season I knew their names, their signs knew the smell of the first rain danced in it with my brother by the giant mahogany shirts no longer damp with sweat held […]

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The White Road

The White Road by Joanna Streetly Winner of the More Than Just Mud Poetry Contest Westerly News I cannot write the silence, the sharpsmooth surface of liquid, reflecting night beneath me, slicing away into unconcealed darkness, until Mount Colnett reaches up skywards etching the breathing back of a whale against pale stars. The tide is […]

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The Dark Water, non-fiction

The Dark Water by Joanna Streetly Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell The Truth About Motherhood Key Porter, 2007 My niece Helen sank “down, down, down.” There she was, on the bottom of the pool, like a lost toy. She’s three years old now, but she still remembers that time, one year ago, when she jumped […]

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Nameless, short fiction

Nameless by Joanna Streetly The FED Anthology Edited by Susan Musgrave Anvil Press, 2003   She looks at his hands because they are so beautiful. Too large, but well proportioned. The curve of his fingers against the baby’s head. His hands. Her baby. “She’s going to be fine, Louise. Don’t worry.” She stares at this […]

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Crow By Crow, non-fiction

Crow by Crow by Joanna Streetly from Crowlogue (a light-hearted collection of crow-inspired poetry and prose) Postelsia Press, 2010 5:00 am Another summer morning begins with a swoosh of wings, followed by the clatter of crowclaws on the cedar-shake roof above my sleepy head. The culprits click their tongues in a rolling stutter, before pecking […]

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