Anita Miettunen

Anita Miettunen

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in September 2020


Anita Miettunen is a writer and illustrator who loves exploring the natural world. Big Blue Forever is her first children’s book, published by Red Deer Press in 2017. It tells the story of Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton.

Anita is an active member of SCBWI and currently serves as the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Canada West chapter. Previously, she coordinated critique groups for the CAA in Ottawa and Vancouver. In 2010, Anita completed the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop.

Anita has been lucky enough to travel to many places around the world, sometimes on her bicycle! She has lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, England, Finland, and Japan. These days, she lives close to the ocean in a little white house under a giant fir tree.

Latest Blog Postings about Anita Miettunen

Dear Old House

Dear Old House

(Guest Post by Anita Miettunen) One day, many, many years later when Naomi and Stephen were old, they visited the lovely city by the water’s edge. They found the street where they used to live, and they drove up and down, searching for their first home. “Maybe it’s...

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