Joan Shillington


About The Author

Joan was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Calgary in 1985. Although she wrote quick rhymes for her children she did not take poetry seriously.  Then in 1998, she decided to take a one day Beginner Poetry Workshop at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre. She fell in love with poetry and immediately signed up for poetry courses in the fall! She has not stopped writing since.

Joan has been published in literary journals across Canada:  The Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, Grain, Priairie Fire and Freefall Magazine.  She has placed First, Second and Honourable Mention in Freefall’s Annual Poetry Contest over the years.

This fall (2014), Joan’s second book of poetry, Folding the Wilderness Within, will be released by Frontenac House Publishing.

She is also a Poetry Editor with Freefall Magazine.



Think of the sunlight on your face
its ancient path
folding the wilderness within.

What's New


Check out Folding the Wilderness Within on MICHAELDENNISPOET.BLOGSPOT.COM for February 12, 2016-05-23


You are invited to joing Joan at the Stettler Public Library for a readng on Saturday October 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm


Click here to read Calgary Public Library's Tweets for National Poetry Month.  You'll find Joan Shillington listed along with other Calgary poets.


The City of Calgary announces short list for W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Click here for the full article.



Poetry Links


Frontenac House

The Toronto Quarterly

Freefall Magazine



Portrait of My Mother in Her Kitchen1942

She likes the early afternoon sun at her table,
fresh cup of coffee and cigarette.
She knits into this winter warmth.
Two apple pies cool on the counter
three children down for their naps.

The Allies losing to Hitler, headline news,
thick with wounded and dead.

A drift of clouds pull shadows through the room.
She pauses in her rhythm of stitches,
sets an unfinished sweater in her lap,
sips from the white porcelin mug,
draws a glow of smoke into her lungs.
Steel needles and clock movement
only sounds in the house.

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