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When Mrs. Conte, my third grade teacher, complained to my mother that I day dreamed excessively in class, my mother took the high road. Instead of concluding I was a flaky kid (I was), she decided I was a poet and encouraged me to write. Six months later, my first poem Ė ďOh beautiful sea, you belong to me,Ē Ė won a national award and even Mrs. Conte had to admit there was something to my motherís crazy theory.

Since then, Iíve done every type of writing. Newspaper and magazine work. Corporate communications. Public relations. Fund raising. Advertising. Academics. And Iíve written on too many topics to mention. My non-fiction has won the Addy (advertising), Quill (public relations) and CASE (academics) awards.

Since receiving my MFA, Iíve turned to what I love most. Fiction and food. on. Iíve won numerous awards for my short stories and essays. My upcoming novel, The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter, was a finalist for the Claymore Award for unpublished fiction and the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Several of the short stories in my interlinked collection, Still Missing Beulah: Stories of Blacks and Jews in Mid-Century Miami, won South Florida Writers' Network awards.

Iíve also written about food, including regular columns and articles for the Sun-Sentinel, and now primarily publish culinary pieces in Jewish publications.

I live in Boca Raton with my husband and cats. When I'm not writing, I'm testing recipes, playing Irish and classical music on the violin, reading and bicycling.

CHECK OUT JOANíS LATEST BOOK


Enter a world where signs advertising "No Jews. No Coloreds. No Dogs" are as common as palm trees and mosquitoes. Journey with an cantankerous Jewish businessman through the changes that turned Miami into an international crossroad.

Entering Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida before reading from my MFA thesis -- Tootsie's Regret and Other Stories.