Tanis Rideout was born in Belgium and grew up in Bermuda and Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her writing has appeared in a range of quarterlies and magazines including A Room of One's Own, Black Heart Magazine, grey borders, Spire, Pontiac Quarterly, Fireweed, echolocation, Witual and Chart. It has been short-listed for a number of prizes. She is also a musician who has performed on CBC Radio, BookTelevision, ZeD and Citytv. In 2006 she was named the Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario by the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and joined Gord Downie (of Canadian band The Tragically Hip) on a tour to promote environmental justice on the lake.
Above All Things, her first novel, was published in Canada in 2012 and in the USA and UK in 2013.