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Joanna Clapps Herman

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Joanna Clapps Herman

Adjunct Professor

25 Broadway 7th Floor
Phone Number: 
(212) 925-6625
(212) 925-0963
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Joanna Clapps Herman has published poetry, fiction, memoirs and essays. Her latest publication is her memoir, The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian In America (SUNY Albany Press, March 2011) She is co-editor of  Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press,  2008), as well as co-editor of  Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Press, 2007). Her essay, “My Homer” is in Oral History, Oral Culture,and Italian Americans, Ed. Luisa Del Giudice, Palgrave, October 2009.Joanna is represented in The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing: Don’t Tell Mama, ed. Regina Barreca, 2002) by “The Discourse of  un Propria Paparone,” “Coffee And,” appears in The Milk of Almonds, Eds, Edvige Giunta and Louise DeSalvo. Her fiction has appeared in the Massachussets Review, Inkwell, The Crescent Review and elsewhere. Her story, “Perfect Hatred” won the Bruno Arcudi Prize, and her “Falling” the Henry Paoloucci prize. Among other places she has spoken at Harvard and The Tenement Museum repeatedly. The Litchfield Review awarded her their medal for Literary Excellence. She teaches at The City College (CUNY) Center for Worker Education and is on the Graduate Writing Faculty of Manhattanville College.


Winner for 2008, The Chase Award for Literary Excellent Keynote Speaker and Honeree of The Annual Litchfield Review Writers Conference, Fall 2008. Editing History 2006-2008: Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. Eds. Joanna Clapps Herman, Carol Bonomo Albright: Fall 2008, Fordham University Press. 2007: Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: Eds. Joanna Clapps Herman and Lee Gutkind (creator of the magazine: Creative Nonfiction). Other Press, Fall 2007. Prose The Anarchist Bastard: Growing up Italian in America, A Memoir, SUNY Albany Press, March 2011. "U Bizza di Creanza: A Piece of Politeness," Alimentum, Fall, 2010. "My Aboriginal Women," Lavanderia: Wash, Women and Word. Fall 2009. "My Homer," Speaking Memory, Ed. Dr. Luisa Del Giudice, Palgrave, October 2009. Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana, Eds. Carol Bonomo Albright, Joanna Clapps Herman, Fordham University Press, Fall 2008. Poetry "Flowing Up," Word(s), Spring 2010 "Riverrains," Voices in Italian Americana, Fall 2009 "On a Brown Street," Inkwell, Spring 2009 "My Italian Father Gives Birth," Feile-Festa, Fall 2009. "My Skin Turns to Bark," Inkwell Spring 2008.

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