Joanne Merriam

10 December 2011

Photo by Peter Merriam

Joanne Merriam is the owner and publisher of Upper Rubber Boot Books, and edits many of their titles. She also edited Twitter zine Seven by Twenty from July 2009 through April 2013, during which time she edited their best-of anthology 140 And Counting: an anthology of writing from 7×20. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and lived thereabouts for her first three decades. In 2001, she quit her job as the Executive Assistant of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia to travel Canada by train, and then parts of the Northeastern and Southern United States. Her first book of poetry, The Glaze from Breaking, was written, in part, about those travels. In 2004, she immigrated to the USA, where she has lived in Kentucky and New Hampshire, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Joanne Merriam’s poetry and fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including The Antigonish Review, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Fiddlehead, The Furnace Review, Grain, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, The Mainichi Daily News, Per Contra, Riddle Fence, Room of One’s Own, Strange Horizons and Vallum Contemporary Poetry, as well as in the anthologies Ice: new writing on hockey, To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax and The Allotment: New Lyric Poets.

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The Glaze from Breaking was originally published by the now-defunct UK small press Stride Books in 2005.

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