Joann  Smith is a writer, teacher, and editor. She believes that good writing is a collaboration between writer and teacher, writer and editor, and writer and reader. The success of a piece of writing depends on the writer’s  willingness to have her/his work read and critiqued by a trusted reader/editor.

Joann holds a Master’s degree in English from Lehman College, CUNY;  a Master’s degree in Education from Iona College; and a Master’s in Fine Arts: Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Joann’s novel of historical fiction, When I Was Boudicca, is available at:


See her blog for the first two chapters of When I Was Boudicca. 

Some of her published stories include: “Taking Notes” in http://www.servinghousejournal.com/SmithNotes.aspx; “Tuesday Night at the Shop and Shoot” in http://www.chagrinriverreview.com/joann-smith.html; “Visiting Helen” in Literal Latte; *”Michael Rooney” in Image, A Journal of the Arts and Religion; “My Kids” in The Roanoke Review; “A Matter of Faith” in New York Stories; “In the Walls” in Best of Writers at Work;  “My Sunshine” in The Greensboro Review;  “Recognition” in So To Speak:  A Feminist Journal of Language and Art;  “Welt-face” in The Texas Journal of Woman and the Law.   (*Selected as one of the 100 Distinguished Stories of the Year by the editors of The Best American Short Stories of 2000.)

Joann currently teaches writing at The College of Mt. St. Vincent and mentors high school students through the organization Girls Write Now. Her current mentee won a full academic scholarship. She has also taught at Lehman College, CUNY; St. John’s University; and in the NYC public schools. She served as Director of Continuing Education at Sarah Lawrence College where she made admissions decisions, developed curriculum, and advised students.

See her blog for her thoughts on writing and her writing life.