Joan Clark - Biography

Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, in 1934, Clark spent her childhood in the Maritimes, living in Liverpool, Sussex, and Sydney Mines. In 1957 she graduated from Acadia University with a B.A. in English. Clark published her first children’s book, Girl of the Rockies, in 1968. Clark became heavily involved in the Canadian literary scene when she was living in Calgary in the mid-70s. In 1974, along with Edna Alford, she founded the influential literary magazine, Dandelion. Clark was also a founding member of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, of which she is a past president. After spending twenty years in Canada’s West, Clark returned to the East Coast and settled in St. John’s. In 1988 she published The Victory of Geraldine Gull, her first book of adult fiction. This book was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and it won The Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for fiction. Clark has published a number of other adult novels since 1988, such as Latitudes of Melt (2000) and An Audience of Chairs (2005) and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Marian Engel Award, the Gregory Bilson Award. In 1998 Clark was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and served on the 2001 Giller Prize jury. In 2010 she was made a member of the Order of Canada. Road to Bliss was published in 2010. She continues to live and write in St. John's.