Johanna Emeney was born in Takapuna, Auckland, and attended Kristin School for the entirety of her school education. She now teaches English there. She did her B.A. P.G.C.E and M.A at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and subsequently taught for ten years in Norfolk, England. She married David, a Mathematics teacher, in 1999, and they moved back to New Zealand in 2006. Jo has had poems published in New Zealand and English magazines and periodicals and currently is one of the three finalists in the Open section of the Hippocrates Prize. She has just started her Phd in medical poetry.