Joanna Kujawa left Poland in 1985. After one year in Paris, she emigrated to Canada where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Philosophy and Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. Subsequently, she travelled in South East Asia for four years.
Kujawa has published short stories and non-fiction in Poland, Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Malaysia and Australia. She settled in Melbourne and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Monash University in 2005. In 2006 she was working on a fiction/non-fiction novel on mysticism and sexuality.