Joanna Boulter was born in 1942 and grew up in Wiltshire. Her poetry has earned her a Tyrone Guthrie Fellowship from Northern Arts, a Northern Promise award from New Writing North, and a Hawthornden Fellowship. In 2003 she won first prize in the Poetry London competition. Publications include three pamphlets: Running With The Unicorns (The Bay Press, 1994), On Sketty Sands (Arrowhead, 2001), and The Hallucinogenic Effects of Breathing (Arrowhead, 2003). She is a founder member of the Darlington women’s writing co-operative Vane Women, teaches a women’s writing class, and works as an editor.
Joanna’s first full-length poetry collection, Twenty Four Preludes and Fugues on Dmitri Shostakovich (Arc, 2006) takes the form of a long sequence based on the life and turbulent times of the Russian composer and was nominated for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2007.