Joan Clark is a St. John's-based novelist. She is a founding member of the Alberta Writers Guild, as well as the co-founder of Dandelion, a literary journal. In 1991, she received the Marian Engel Award for her body of work.
Clark's novel The Victory of Geraldine Gull was shortlisted for the 1988 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her 1995 novel, The Dream Carvers, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for historical fiction for young people.
Clark's early work involved stories for children and young adults. In 1999, she received the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work that inspires Canadian youth.
Her novel Latitudes of Melt was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2015, she published her fifth novel, entitled The Birthday Lunch. She is also the author of Eiriksdottir, An Audience of Chairs, as well as two short story collections and YA novels.