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
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