Listen to Joan’s May, 2013 blogtalk radio interview with Sonia Nadina Haynes, President of the North Shore Writers’ Association. Joan is ‘kicking up some spray’ in the YouTubing world with a poetic prose blend: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ns-writers/2013/05/29/a-live-chat-with-poet-joan-boxall
Evolution of a Writer
I followed a love of the outdoors in and around Vancouver, British Columbia to a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education (BPE) with an English and French minor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). A thirty-year teaching practice began.
The craft of teaching is never complete…it’s a honing, an evolution. From the first teaching job in Cranbrook, BC, cradle of the Rockies, to Delta, BC. teaching English, French and Physed– to Adult ESL classes in Vancouver and North Vancouver.
UBC French language and literature courses led to summer immersions at Pearson College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island, to Quimper, France and to Trois Pistoles, Quebec where I won ‘Le Prix du President’, (The President’s Cup) awarded for language proficiency and para-academic activities: involvement in the community Terry Fox Run, and the chorale.
I self-published a cd of songs entitled, ‘Joan’s Jam’. The compilation is a mix of Canadian folksongs, children’s songs, and my own compositions of songs/poems.
With Pandora’s Vox Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Gillian Hunt, I continue to polish a wide choral repertoire to performance perfection. My alto voice helped produce six recordings: two early cassettes and four cds on which I am sometimes a soloist.
As a former 1500- meter runner, U.B.C. Sports Hall of Famer (for the 1972-73 Track Team), I know about training and persistence. My love of movement, music, literature, travel, diet, a healthy environment, diversity and sustainability are still intact.
You-Tubing kicks up the spray and brings word and image together in a way that adds new visual and aural elements to the spoken word. Check out my YouTube channel.