Joanne Van Leerdam

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Tennyson, Whitman, Bronte, Poe, Dickinson, Paterson, Lawson.

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Joanne Van Leerdam is a poet and author of short stories. Her body of work consists of four poetry collections, one short story collection, a play, and a contribution to an anthology.

When she's not writing poetry, Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.
Her hobbies include reading, photography, and music.

She is proud to be both an Australian and an honorary Canadian.

She does like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

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Joanne Van Leerdam 1. Keep writing.
Even if what you write isn't perfect, it's still meaningful.
And the more you write, the better you'll get.

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1. Keep writing.
Even if what you write isn't perfect, it's still meaningful.
And the more you write, the better you'll get.

2. Your/you're.
Their/there/they're.
Where/we're.
Been/being.
Commas, apostrophes, and semicolons.
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Joanne Van Leerdam Lots of things inspire my poetry.
I write about my own experiences and feelings, but also about situations and experiences that I witness in other…more
Lots of things inspire my poetry.
I write about my own experiences and feelings, but also about situations and experiences that I witness in other people's lives, in world events, and in all aspects of life.
I aim for the poems and stories I write to be understandable by everyone. There's no point in writing if the language is so convoluted that people can't understand what you're saying, but I still work to make it sound beautiful when it's read. (less)
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My father was born on November 17, 1931.


Just for context, the world was still in the grip of the Great Depression, Hitler had not yet risen to power in Germany, Thomas Edison had just passed away, and Al Capone had just been sent to prison for tax evasion. Don Bradman was playing cricket for Australia and Phar Lap had won


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“Whatever your dreams may be, never dismiss them as impossible. Always hope. Always try. You just never know when things will happen.”
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“As writers, we should remind ourselves, and each other, that Jane Austen and JK Rowling got rejected by publishers, too.”
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