Joanne Merriam is a science fiction writer, poet, and editor.

From 2011 to 2020, she was the Publisher at Upper Rubber Boot Books, which is now on permanent hiatus, although we plan to keep a few books in print. URB published numerous anthologies, perhaps most notably the first English-language anthology of solarpunk, Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation(eds. Phoebe Wagner and Bronté Wieland).

She is also a former editor of Seven by Twenty.

She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1973. A graduate in English and Mathematics from Dalhousie University, she has worked as an oil and gas lease and title administrator, courier dispatcher, telemarketer, sheet music librarian, Medicaid claim sorter, check composition specialist, disability and workers’ compensation administrator and web designer. She is currently an executive-level assistant at a local hospital.

Drawing by Danielle Corsetto.
Drawing by Danielle Corsetto.

In 2001, she quit her job as the Executive Assistant of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia to travel Canada by train, and then parts of the Northeastern and Southern United States. Her book of poetry, The Glaze from Breaking (Stride, 2005; Upper Rubber Boot, 2011), was written, in part, about those travels. In 2004, she immigrated to the USA. She has lived in Kentucky and New Hampshire, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She became an American citizen in 2019.

Her poetry and fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including The Antigonish Review, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Fiddlehead, and Strange Horizons.

She can be reached at joanne -at- upperrubberboot.com.