Joan Baranow

California, United States

Joan Baranow, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Dominican University of California and Chair of the Department of Literature and Language.  Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Cider Press Review, The Antioch Review, The Western Journal of Medicine, and other magazines.  Her poetry has also appeared in the anthology Women Write Their Bodies: Stories of Illness and Recovery.  She has published three books of poetry: Morning: Three Poems, Blackberry Winter, and Living Apart.  A long-time member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she has won Individual Artists Fellowships in Poetry from the Marin Arts Council and from the Ohio Arts Council.  She is Senior Editor of Wolf Ridge Press, a new press dedicated to "publishing the imagination."  With her husband, physician and poet David Watts, she co-directs the summer writers conference, The Healing Art of Writing.  Together, they produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine.



  • Living Apart , Plain View Press (December 31, 1999)
  • Blackberry Winter , Talent House Press (January 1, 2002)
  • Morning: Three Poems , Radiolarian Press (January 1, 1997)


  • Marin Arts Council Grant in Poetry(2001)
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship in Poetry(1991)


  • Associate Professor of English at Dominican University of California (September 2003 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Hollins University (May 1980)
  • Master of Arts in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from SUNY - Binghamton (May 1983)
  • Doctoral Degree in English from Rutgers University (May 1992)

Genres of Interest

Screenwriting, Poetry