Joan Frank is the author of four books of fiction, with a fifth, a new novel called MAKE IT STAY, due out in early 2012. Her latest story collection, In Envy Country, won the 2010 Richard Sullivan Prize in Fiction and the 2011 FOREWORD Book of the Year Award, was named a Finalist for the California Book Award in Fiction, and awaits verdicts on nominations for a number of other awards.
Joan was born to New Yorkers in Phoenix, Arizona. She has lived in Hawaii, West Africa, Paris, and San Francisco. She studied with author Thaisa Frank (no relation) at the University of California in Berkeley, CA, and holds an MFA in creative fiction from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.Joan is a MacDowell- and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow, a Pushcart Prize- and Bread Loaf Fellow nominee, winner of the Dana Award, Michigan Literary Fiction Award, Iowa Writing Award, and Emrys Fiction Award. She is the recipient of grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and Sonoma Arts Council; a two-time finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Fiction, and a San Francisco Library Literary Laureate. She has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University and in private consultation. Joan also reviews literary fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. She lives and writes in the North Bay Area of California.