JoeAnn Hart is the author of  Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival, a collection of short fiction forthcoming from Black Lawrence press in September 2023. Her most recent book is Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s (University of Iowa Press, April, 2019), a crime memoir that weaves together the personal and public threads of a friend’s 1976 bow-and-arrow death. Her novels are Float (Ashland Creek Press, 2013) a dark comedy about plastics in the ocean, and Addled (Little, Brown, 2007) a social satire that intertwines animal rights with the politics of food. Her work, which also includes articles, essays, and drama, often explores the relationship between humans and their environments, natural or otherwise. Publications include Slate.com, the anthology Dreams of a Broken World, Orion, Solstice, The Hopper, and the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, where fishing regulations, the health of the ocean, and the natural beauty of the world are the daily topics of wonder and concern.

Panels and Presentations

Disturbed Earth: A History of the Potters Field, Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT, Feb 2020

Boston Book Festival, True Crime, Crime in Context, Oct 2019

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

The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE) Würzburg 2018.

The International Literature Festival Berlin 2017.

Activism and Writing, Bluestocking Books, New York City, October 2017

Boston Greenfest 2017, post-screening facilitator of A Plastic Ocean.


Turkeyland Cove Foundation, 2016
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, 2012


The 2022 Hudson Prize for the prose collection, Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival, Black Lawrence Press.

The 2016 Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, Center for Women Writers, Salem College

Rubery Book Award in Fiction 2014 for Float

The 2004 PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction for Addled.

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