Joanna Thomas is a visual artist, paper maker, and poet born in Chicago, shortly after the end of WWII. Working predominantly in the the medium of collage, wielding an X-Acto knife and a glue stick, she often combines image and text, in an attempt to elicit new meaning. She is a founding member of PUNCH (2006-2016), an artist-run gallery located in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle; and is the founder of the Inland Poetry Prowl, a weekend-long literary celebration in the small university town she calls home. Her collages and artist books have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and universities across the nation, including the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Florida, the Edith Lambert Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kent State University in Ohio. She has achieved signature status in the National Association of Women Artists and the National Collage Society, and was awarded a fellowship from the Women’s Studio Workshop in New York. She was the recipient of an Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant in 2018.