Joan Fleming is the author of the books Song of Less(Cordite Books, 2022), Failed Love Poems(THWUP, 2015) and The Same as Yes(THWUP, 2011), and the pamphlets Some People's Favourites (Desperate Literature, 2019) and Two Dreams in Which Things are Taken (DUETS, 2010).
Her nonfiction can be found in The Pantograph Punch, Verge, Correspondence from The Physics Room, and Island. Her scholarship can be found in Meanjin, JEASA, Biography, and Philosophy Activism Nature. Her poetry can be found in Poetry London, Westerly, Australian Book Review, Cordite, Cortland Review, Starling, Verge, Australian Poetry Journal, Sweet Mammalian, Minarets, Sport, Landfall, Hue & Cry, the Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology, The Best of Best New Zealand Poems, The Unamuno Author Series Festival Anthology, Essential New Zealand Poems, Bonsai: best small stories from Aotearoa, and No Other Place to Stand: An Anthology of Climate Change Poetry. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University's IIML, a Masters in English from Otago University, and a PhD in ethnopoetics from Monash University. In 2021 her manuscript Dirt was shortlisted for the Helen Anne Bell poetry bequest. Her honours include the Biggs Poetry Prize, a Creative New Zealand writing fellowship, the Verge Prize for Poetry, and the Harri Jones Memorial Prize from the Hunter Writers' Centre.
Joan is Pākeha/Kardiya, of English, Irish, Scottish, Australian and New Zealand ancestry. Her pronouns are she/her. She teaches creative writing for Massey University, works on the climate emergency, and lives on Wurundjeri country in Naarm/Melbourne with her husband.