Joan Dempsey

Joan Dempsey

Joan Dempsey is a graduate of both the MFA in creative writing and a Post-Graduate Certificate for the Teaching of Creative Writing Programs at Antioch University Los Angeles. 

An experienced adult educator, Joan helps serious creative writers master the craft of revision by providing free resources, online revision courses and cost-effective one-on-one feedback. Learn more at her website.

Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and published in The Adirondack Review, Alligator Juniper, Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora, The Citron Review, and Plenitude. In 2008, she was awarded a Maine Literary Award for best unpublished short fiction. In January 2012, she was awarded a significant research grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to work on her second novel, Prelude, which is currently under agent consideration. 

Her first novel—Vigilant—was a finalist in two novel competitions: the 2012 Unboxed Books Prize in Fiction and the 2013 Columbus Creative Cooperative Great Novel Contest. Other finalist nods include the 2011 Maine Literary Award for Short Fiction, the 2009 Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation, the 2009 Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction, and in 2007 the Fulton Prize, the Reynolds Price Fiction Award, and the Writers at Work Fellowship Competition in Fiction. She was also a noted writer in the 2006 Boston Fiction Festival.

She lives in New Gloucester, Maine, where she works from 'The Shed' and is currently writing her third novel. Read a profile of Joan and the shed in Maine Magazine: