Location, San Francisco, CA, USA

About Joan

WRITER | COACH | ACTIVIST

Joan Gelfand’s reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in over 150 national and international literary journals and magazines including the the Los Angeles Review of Books, The San Francisco Chronicle, PANK! The Huffington Post, Rattle, Levure Litterarie, Voice and Verse, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner and The Meridien Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.

The recipient of numerous writing awards including two Pushcart nominations, and the Women’s National Book Association’s Effie Lee Morris Prize, Joan’s poem “The Ferlinghetti School of Poetics” was made into a short fiom by Dana Walden. The film featured at 20 international film festivals and was awarded “Best Poetry Movie” at the World Film Festival.

“You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Author Success,” Joan’s book for writers (Mango Press) is a #1 best seller on Amazon. “Extreme,” Joan’s debut novel was published by Blue Light Press in July, 2020.
Joan lives in San Francisco with her husband Adam Hertz and two beatnik cats – Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

A NOVEL BY JOAN GELFAND

“Extreme”

Silicon Valley. High-Stakes. Serious Gamers.
Romantic Tension. It’s All in a Day’s Work.
New Release July 2020!

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Just Announced:

“Extreme” was listed as a Finalist for New Fiction for the International Book Awards.

And Skateboarder Alex White is taking “Extreme” to the Olympics in Tokyo!

Extreme The Book Joan Gelfand

Have you written that novel, poetry manuscript or short story but you haven’t gotten it published?

With over 15 years of experience as a writer, educator, community organizer and writing coach, Joan Gelfand brings more to the table than basic troubleshooting. Her connections and real-world publishing experience help her clients fulfill their writing dreams.With over 15 years of experience as a writer, educator, community organizer and writing coach, Joan Gelfand brings more to the table than basic troubleshooting. Her connections and real-world publishing experience help her clients fulfill their writing dreams.

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EVENTS

June 27
Fog and Light Group reading
With Great Weather for Media


July 10

Writing Salon

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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.

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