Joan Gelfand's reviews, stories and poetry have appeared in over 100 national and international literary journals and magazines including Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, California Quarterly, the Toronto Review, Marsh Hawk Review and Levure Litteraire.

Joan has been a featured reader at numerous venues in the United States and Mexico  including Bowery Poetry Club, the Southern Festivalof Books, The Public Library of New York, and Litquake. Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association, a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards, Joan blogs for the Huffington Post and coaches writers.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Adam Hertz and two beatnik kitties – Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


MFA/Creative Writing – Mills College

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

Professional Associations

Outdoor Writers of America - Present

Bay Area Travel Writers, 2014-Present

Women’s National Book Association: Development Chair, 2012-Present

National Book Critics Circle: Member, 2012-Present

Marin Poetry Center: Publicity Chair,  2010 – 2012

Women’s National Book Association: President, 2008-2010

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter: President, 2004-2006


World Poetry Society

International Women’s Writing Guild

National Association of Writing Women

California Poetry Society