Joanne Lannin is a writer and a teacher of writing. She wrote for the Portland Press Herald for 23 years and won numerous awards for her reporting, including the New England Women's Press Association Award for sports writing. She also has been published in Boston Magazine, Yankee Magazine, and Women in Sports Magazine.
Over the years, she has covered and written about the Olympic Games, the New Hampshire primary, and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four. She has a Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University and has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Maine, St. Joseph's College, and Bonny Eagle High School in Standish. She is a teaching consultant with the Southern Maine Writing Project and has written three books about women in sports: Billie Jean King: Tennis Pioneer and A History of Basketball for Girls and Women, both published by Lerner Publications, and Finding a Way to Play: The Pioneering Spirit of Women in Basketball, which she self-published in August, 2015.
Joanne now writes a monthly column for Maine Women Magazine in southern Maine and is working on another sports-related nonfiction book. Her blog about women's basketball is at www.findingawaytoplay.com