Leona Gom is a poet and novelist from the north Peace River district of Alberta. She received her B.Ed. and M.A. from the University of Alberta. She has published six books of poetry and eight novels. In 1980, she won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Land of the Peace and in 1986, she won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Housebroken. Her novel The Y Chromosome has been used in women’s studies and sociology courses. She currently lives in White Rock, B.C.