Joanne Bodin


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Gay/Lesbian Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Mystery, Poetry, Women’s Fiction




Joanne Bodin Ph.D., is an award-winning author, poet, and retired educator. Her book of poetry, Piggybacked, was a finalist in the New Mexico Book Awards. Her novel, Walking Fish, won the New Mexico Book Awards and the International Book Awards in gay/lesbian fiction. She is past vice president of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, and is on the boards of Southwest Writers and the New Mexico Orchid Guild. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including: The Rag, La Llorona Poetry Anthology, Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology I & II, Desert Sun Runner, Voices of New Mexico Too, More Voices of New Mexico, JB Stillwater Magazine, NMSPS Albuquerque Chapter Poetry Anthology, Zingara Poetry Pics, New Mexico Mercury, Malpais Review Vol. 5, 200 New Mexico Poems Anthology, The Storyteller’s Anthology, The Yes Book- Exult Road, Glitterwolf Magazine, and Adobe Walls 5.

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Poetry has continued to be one of the driving forces in Joanne’s life. Her book of poems, Piggybacked, was written as a tribute to her late grandfather, Samuel Bodin, also a poet. His poetry, written in Russian and Yiddish, was translated into English, and some of his love poems are included in Piggybacked.

Since her retirement from a thirty-four year teaching career, Joanne has continued to pursue her writing. Her first novel, Walking Fish, won the New Mexico Book Awards and the International Book Awards in gay/lesbian fiction and Piggybacked was a finalist in the New Mexico Book Awards. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications. She has completed a second novel about the esoteric world of orchids, which is awaiting publication. Currently, Joanne is working on a collection of poetry which deals with the Sixties generation and the New Age Movement on the west coast.


WalkingFishTitle: Walking Fish
Publisher: Outskirts Press (2010)
Genre: Literary Fiction

Walking Fish is a quirky story about people from the Sixties generation living counter culture lifestyles and, like the metaphor of the walking fish, they must find ways to adapt in order to survive. Talia, an eccentric artist living in Corrales, New Mexico with her partner Renie, is suddenly catapulted into an unfolding saga that compels her to revisit her unconventional past, revealing truths that change the lives of everyone involved. This provocative, emotionally charged novel delves into the inner worlds of people grappling with painful paradoxes of life. It is about a woman reinventing herself and taking charge of her life.

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Outskirts Press

PiggybackedTitle: Piggybacked
Publisher: Mercury Heartlink (2011)
Genre: Poetry Collection

Piggybacked, is a collection of poems that evokes universal experiences of beauty, pain, suffering, longing, joy, mirth, dreams, nightmares, and transcends them into the unorthodox world view of the poet. With thought-provoking imagery, these poems allow us to delve into the paradoxes of our own human existence. The inspiration for this book came from the author’s relationship with her grandfather, also a poet, and their personal quests for freedom. The title of the book is an expression of ancestral ties that bind us through the generations.

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One comment on “Joanne Bodin
  1. Impressive credentials, Joanne. Looks good!

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