Joan’s poetry, fiction and reviews are in national and international publications. Joan is a member of the National Book Critics Circle & Poetry Editor for the “J.” Joan is the Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association and she blogs regularly for the Huffington Post.

Joan’s newest collection of poetry, The Long Blue Room, is from Benicia Literary Arts, 2014. Her previous books are:  A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams, San Francisco Bay Press, Here & Abroad, (winner of the 2010 Cervena Barva Fiction Award) and Seeking Center, Two Bridges Press. 


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