It's Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems is Jeanette Lynes' fourth collection of poetry. Her previous collections are Left Fields (Wolsak and Wynn, 2003, shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award), The Aging Cheerleader's Alphabet (Mansfield Press, 2003), and A Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway (Wolsak and Wynn, 1999). Her awards include the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, the Bliss Carman Award, and first prize in the Grain Postcard Story Competition. She has been a visiting artist/writer-in-residence at Queen's University, Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, and the Saskatoon Public Library, as well as a faculty member at St. Francis Xavier University and the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She is currently co-editor of The Antigonish Review. Jeanette Lynes grew up on a farm in Alice Munro country while "Son of a Preacher Man" played on transistor radios everywhere.