Seas Move Away shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award

Turnstone Press congratulates Joanne Leow for her recent nomination for a Saskatchewan Book Award!

Announced earlier today, Seas Move Away, Joanne Leow's debut collection of poetry was shortlisted for the Brenda MacDonald Riches First Book Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. We are deligthed to see Joanne's work receive this much deserved recognition. Seas Move Away and its fellow nominees will be celebrated at the Saskatechean book Awards gala on May 4, 2023.

Visit  Saskatchewan Book Awards - Saskatchewan Book Awards for the full shortlist announcement and to purchase tickets to the gala event.

Cover: Seas Move Away by Joanne LeowAbout Seas Move Away

[Leow's] work pounds away at the façade of Canadian tolerance and diversity. It’s funky with the fermentation of colonial rule, and bitter as a medicinal tonic.  —Phoebe WangWalking Occupations 

Meditating on exile, loss, diaspora, authoritarian law, and altered ecologies, Joanne Leow’s debut collection spans from the would-be Eden of hyper-planned and surveilled Singapore to an uneasy settling in the Canadian Prairies, seeking answers to the question of what is lost in intensive urban development and the journey across continents. Reflecting on relationships between lovers, parents and children, state and citizen, land and body, seas move away asks what we owe each other across borders and what endures in times of great flux and irreversible ecological change.

Photo: Joanne Leow, credit Sweetmoon PhotographyAbout Joanne Leow

Joanne Leow grew up in Singapore and lives as an uninvited guest on Treaty Six Territory and the homeland of the Métis. She is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. Her creative work and research lie at the intersections of the environmental humanities, transnational and diasporic cultural production, intimacies, autotheory, and decoloniality. Her writing has been published in Brick, Catapult, Evergreen Review, The Goose, Isle, The Kindling, The Town Crier, and Ricepaper Magazine. Seas Move Away is her debut collection of poetry.


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