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Joanna Fuhrman's Biography

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Brooklyn
Feb 2009

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of three collections of poetry published by Hanging Loose Press, Freud in Brooklyn (2000), Ugh Ugh Ocean (2003), and Moraine (2006.) Her fourth book Pageant won a Kinereth Gensler award and was published by Alice James Books in December 2009. She is the poetry editor for Boog City, a community newspaper for the Lower East Side. Visit her at joannafuhrman.com.

Her work has been widely reviewed and quoted in many publications including the Believer and the New York Times. David Lehman in the Wall Street Journal called Freud in Brooklyn “an impressive first collection,” and Publishers Weekly urged, “Don’t miss this one.” Her books have been taught in classes at the University of Louisiana, the University of Arizona, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maine, Sarah Lawrence College and the Writer's Studio, and she has read her work at colleges, literary centers, bookstores, and galleries across the country. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Lit, New American Writing, Fence, Quarterly West, Conduit, and American Letters and Commentary, and in anthologies published by Soft Skull Press, HarperCollins, New York University, the Pushcart Press and Carnegie Mellon University. She recently finished a young adult novel called Still Life with Liver, and has an essay in Burning Interiors: The Poetry and Poetics of David Shapiro (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). She has also written short plays that were produced at La MaMa and the Bleeker Street Theater. From 2001-2003, she ran the Monday night reading series at the Poetry Project at Saint Marks Church where she organized theater and film events. Her essays on teaching have appeared in Teachers & Writers magazine.

Joanna has been teaching for more than  thirteen years. She has taught creative writing at the University of Washington, Rutgers University, 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, Poets House, and the Comprehensive English Preparation Project. 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. Email: Jofuhrman@gmail.com.

Influences

The New York School Poets, Surrealism, Contemporary Art, Jack Spicer, Screwball Comedy

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Publishers

Hanging Loose Press, Alice James Books