Joan M. Baril is a native of Thunder Bay, Canada and a short story writer. She won 1st place for short fiction in 2015/16 in the Ontario Writers annual contest and a nomination for The Yegg Boy for the Journey Prize in the Antigonish Review. Her columns on women’s and immigrant issues were in the Thunder Bay Post and Northern Woman’s Journal. In 1992, the Canadian government honored her with it's Citizenship Award for her work with immigrants and her column on immigrant issues. Joan taught history and international affairs at Confederation College.