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Joanna Streetly grew up in Trinidad and moved to Vancouver to study Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Leadership. In 1990 she moved to Tofino, where she has lived ever since. While transitioning to writing and editing, she worked as a naturalist guide and sea kayak instructor. Most recently, her writing can be found in Best Canadian Essays 2017, and in numerous anthologies, magazines and literary journals. She is the author of Paddling Through Time (Raincoast Books) and Silent Inlet (Oolichan). Her published work includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She lives afloat in the Tofino harbour with her partner, Marcel, and daughter, Toby.

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With its gorgeous prose and adept storytelling, Wild Fierce Life captures life on the outer coast in a way that few recent titles have managed and celebrates how this life can test the limits of who we are and how we understand the world around us. A must-read for all the adventurers among us, armchair and otherwise. Tara Henley, The Vancouver Sun
Joannas Streetlys memoir is a riveting, intimate and poetic exploration of the wild and its ability to entrance and entangle us, elevate and humble us, and ultimately, to teach us. Streetlys writing is both lyrical and taut with anticipation as she navigates both physical dangersfog, drowning, tsunamis, cougars, wolvesand the psychic landscapes of death, love, loneliness, fear, loss and courage. A breathtaking book that reconnects us to the power of nature and our potential to overcome.Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss, co-author of The Marriott Cell
Joanna is a one-of-a kind writer and human whose stories in this collection take us deep into her amazing and inspiring life in the wilderness. Her lyrical style is at once deeply moving and transformative because she is able to peel back the layers of her experience with such candor, insight, self-reflection and honesty. Its a powerful combination, one rife with poetry, that leaves her readers in awe and makes her one of my favourite Canadian writers. Cori Howard, editor of Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood
This gorgeously-written collection of essays examines pivotal moments and fearsome life or death choices, in one remarkable life. Make that nine lives, at least, given the perilous escapes Joanna Streetly has made en route to wisdom earned during the first half of her adventurous life. Wild Fierce Life could well be subtitled Swimming With Bears or Paddling Among Icebergs or Close Encounters With Wolves. A perfect, resonant haiku sets the subtext for each essay which then transports us onto the islands and into the waters of the wild north Pacific along with her. Brilliant nature writing, the best kind of travel writing, and so much more I cannot recommend it highly enough. Caroline Woodward, author of Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper
Wild Fierce Life is a portal into something sadly now rare: a human life lived in intimate relationship with the ocean and the wilderness. Joanna Streetlys prose, by turns fluent and taut, is always captivating. Reading these essays, I too lived on the edge of the world. I tasted salt and felt the rain on my skin, and shared in the making of a life or death choice. When I reached the last page, I wanted to begin again. Kathy Page, author of Paradise & Elsewhere and Alphabet
She has given us good stories of breathtaking adventures, both beautifully crafted and enchanting.Foreword Reviews
To be able to write in such a soul-grasping, meditative way without relying on external factors is scarce in literature today, and Streetly sets the bar to a one-of-a-kind high Adam Marsh, Nexus Newspaper
Those looking for an alternative to chauvinistic survivalist narratives of humans enduring in a hostile natural world will find respite in Streetlys words. Those who have lived in a wild place will find some of Streetlys experiences familiar, while those who have not will be impressed by her unique ability to render wilderness beloved without overly romanticizing it. Lauren Harding, The Ormsby Review

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