Joan’s work has been published in national and international publications, including Kalliope, Levure Litteraire, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Chaffin Journal. Readings include Bowery Poetry Club, Southern Festival of Books, Litquake, The Oakland Museum and the NY Public Library. She has been featured on KPIX, NBC, cable TV and over 20 radio stations.

Joan is the Poetry Editor for the “J,” the Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Joan’s newest poetry collection is “The Long Blue Room,” Benicia Literary Arts, 2014. Previous books: “A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams,” “Here & Abroad,” and “Seeking Center.” Her CD, “Transported,” can be found on iTunes.

Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and coaches writers.


MFA/Creative Writing – Mills College, 1996

BA/English/Creative Writing Emphasis – San Francisco State University

Scene Building with Carol Edgarian and Tom Jenks

Advanced Fiction with Tom Parker, Ellen Sussman and Karen Bjorneby

Photography credit: Mark Bennington Headshots