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Biography: It's always a day for a day dream

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 so many topics. Physics and biomedicine. Environmental engineering. Family travel. Personalities. 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. Food and fiction. Iíve won numerous awards for my short stories and essays. My novel, The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter, was one of three finalists for the 2011 Claymore Award for unpublished fiction and a semi-finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Iíve also written about food, including regular columns and articles for the Sun-Sentinel. I live in Boca Raton with my husband and three cats.
Joan Lipinsky Cochran