JoAnne Growney


7981 Eastern Avenue, #207
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1421

Author's Bio

JoAnne GROWNEY is a poet and mathematician, a former professor, a Pennsylvanian who moved south (near Washington, DC) to be closer to her grandchildren. In 2010 her collection, RED HAS NO REASON, was published by Plain View Press. In 2009, Finishing Line Press brought forth her chapbook ANGLES OF LIGHT. Long a collector of poetry related to mathematics, JoAnne is co-editor of the anthology, STRANGE ATTRACTORS: POEMS OF LOVE AND MATHEMATICS (A K Peters, Ltd, 2008)).

JoAnne Growney takes poetry to mathematics conferences and mathematics to writers’ conferences. MY DANCE IS MATHEMATICS, a small collection of her mathematical poems, was published in 2006 by Paper Kite Press.

Interested in the fine arts, Growney has collaborated with artists in Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland—developing poetry inspired by their work. Besides appearing in several anthologies of Pennsylvania poetry, her poems have appeared recently in Watershed, Divided City, Poet Lore, Innisfree, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, Focus and Math Horizons.   In her home neighborhood in Silver Spring JoAnne has taught a long-term poetry workshop for Peer Wellness and Recovery Services.

JoAnne has spent several summers in Romania and has worked with Doru Radu and other translators in bringing Romanian poetry into English -- including work by George Bacovia, Nichita Stanescu, Ileana Malancioiu, and Mircea Goga. To see more of the intersecting planes of her work, visit

Since 2010 JoAnne Growney has been blogging about the connections between mathematics and poetry in "Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics" at https://poetrywithmathematics.blogspot.c... Within the blog, browsing can lead to unexpected treasures AND the SEARCH feature will find particular selected topics and authors among the more than one-thousand postings. 


Publications & Prizes

Common Wealth (Penn State University Press, 2005)
Red Has No Reason (Plain View Press, 2010)
My Dance is Mathematics (Paper Kite Press, 2006)
Angles of Light (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
Big City Lit
Collages & Bricolages
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Out of Line
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The Prose Poem

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Feminist, Scotch-Irish American
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Indiana, PA
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Indiana, PA
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Last update: May 07, 2019