is the author of five books of poetry, THE YEAR OF YELLOW BUTTERFLIES (Hanging Loose Press 2015) PAGEANT (Alice James Books 2009), MORAINE (Hanging Loose Press 2006), UGH UGH OCEAN (Hanging Loose Press 2006) and FREUD IN BROOKLYN (Hanging Loose Press 2000). In 2021, Hanging Loose will publish her sixth book, TO A NEW ERA. In 2011, Least Weasel published her chapbook The Emotive Function. She is a former poetry editor of Ping Pong and Boog City and served as the Monday night coordinator for the poetry readings at the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church from 2001-2003 and the Wednesday night coordinator from 2010-2011. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, which awarded her the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Joan Grayson Award. Her books have been taught in writing classes at The University of Louisiana, NYU, The University of Pittsburgh, New Mexico State, The Writers Studio and many others. She has read her work at colleges, literary centers, bookstores, and galleries across the country. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including New American Writing, The Believer, Volt, Fence, Lit, Quarterly West, Conduit, and American Letters and Commentary, and in anthologies published by Soft Skull Press, HarperCollins, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize, She has also written short plays that were produced at La MaMa and the Bleeker Street Theater. Her essays on teaching poetry to young people appear regularly in Teachers & Writers Magazine.
Joanna has been teaching for more than 20 years. She has taught creative writing at the University of Washington, Duke/Rutgers Summer Program in Berlin, the Cooper Union Saturday Outreach Program, William Patterson’s Writers Conference, and the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church, as well as through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, LEAP, the Waterways Project, Teachers & Writers, Poets House and CEPP. She currently teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawerence Writers Village and coordinates the introduction to creative writing program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband the playwright Robert Kerr.