Joan Baranow


Mill Valley, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Joan Baranow is the author of six poetry collections, including Reading Szymborska in a Time of Plague, winner of the 2021 Brick Road Press contest. Her poems have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry East, Spillway, and elsewhere. A VCCA fellow and member of the Community of Writers, she founded and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Dominican University of CA. With her husband David Watts, she produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine (2008). Her feature-length documentary, The Time We Have (2018), presents an intimate portrait of a young woman facing terminal illness.

Publications & Prizes

A Slight Thing, Happiness (Saint Julian Press, 2022)
In the Next Life (Poetic Matrix Press, 2019)
Blackberry Winter (Talent House Press, 2002)
Living Apart (Plain View Press, 1999)
Morning: Three Poems (Radiolarian Press, 1997)
Aphids in the Rose (Finishing Line Press, 2023)
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Paris Review
Spoon River Poetry Review
Western Humanities Review
Prizes won: 

Reading Szymborska in a Time of Plague, Brick Road Press; Cold Pastoral, Rochelle Radner Award, Marsh Hawk Press

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Last update: Mar 07, 2024