JoeAnn Hart is the author of the novel Arroyo Circle, forthcoming from Green Writers Press in October 2024. Other books include the prize-winning collection Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival, the crime memoir Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s, as well as Float, a dark comedy about plastics, and Addled, a social satire. Her short fiction and essays have been widely published, appearing in Slate.com, Orion, The Hopper, Prairie Schooner, The Sonora Review, Terrain.org, and many others. Her work explores the relationship between humans, their environments, and the more-than-human world.

Panels and Presentations

Lecturer, Disturbed Earth program, Stamford ’76, Bartlett Arboretum, Feb. 2020

Panelist, Boston Book Festival, Stamford ’76,Oct. 2019

Moderator, Dogtown Writers Festival, Finding Words in Place, Sept. 2019

Presenter, EASLCE Conference 2018, University of Wurzburg, Germany

Panelist, Writers Resist/Persist, Boston Public Library, June, 2018        

Presenter, International Literature Festival Berlin, Germany, 2017, Presenter as a part of  ”Reading the Currents. Stories from the 21st Century Sea,“ presentation of Float and a commissioned story.

Panelist, Activism and Writing, Bluestocking Books, NYC, October, 2017

Speaker, Boston Greenfest, A Plastic Ocean, August 2017

Judge, Siskiyou Environmental Prize for Literature, 2017

Panelist, ASLE, Watery Encounters, Moscow, Idaho, June 2015

Panelist, AWP, The Greening of Literature, March 2014

Lecturer, Visiting Writer, Arts in April, North Shore Community College, 2014


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Celia & Wally Gilbert Artist-in-Residence, January 2024

Prospect Street, Bennington Vermont, 2022

Turkeyland Cove, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, 2016

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony resident, Temecula, California, 2012, 2021


The Hudson Prize 2022, Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival   

“Arroyo Circle Excerpt,” Winner Novel Slices, Spring 2021

Stamford ’76, finalist for the 2019 CDS (Center for Documentary Studies) Documentary Essay Prize in Writing, 2019

Float, Rubery Award in Fiction, 2014

 Addled, PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction, March 2004

Public Service

Town Green Committee, Advisory Board

Gloucester 400th Literary Arts Committee, Chair, current

Gloucester High School College Essay Program, Coordinator, 2008 to present

Cape Ann Farmers Market, Advisory Board, 2009 to 2021

Gloucester Writers Center, board member, 2012 to 2017

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