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Joanne Leow

Joanne Leow grew up in Singapore and now lives in Saskatoon where she is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to academic writings, Leow has published poetry, essays and fiction in literary magazines.


Seas Move Away

Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2022.
PS8623.E599 S43 2022

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

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.

Awards and Honours

2023 Saskatchewan Book Awards–First Book Award (Finalist)


Joanne Leow faculty profile at the University of Saskatchewan

Publisher Turnstone Press