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About Joan Baranow

Joan Baranow, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Dominican University, where she directs the Master of Arts in Humanities and the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a long-time member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review,The Paris Review, Poetry East, JAMA, Feminist Studies, and other magazines.Her book Living Apart was published by Plain View Press. With her husband, physician and poet David Watts, she produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. Her second documentary, The Time We Have, is currently in post-production.


2015 Present Director, Dominican University of California Graduate Humanities Program
2010 Present Associate Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Literature and Languages
1996 Present Producer, Healing Words Productions
20052010 Assistant Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Literature and Languages
20032005 Adjunct Instructor, Dominican University of California
19941997 Adjunct Instructor, San Francisco State University
19941995 Adjunct Instructor, City College of San Francisco
19931994 English Tutor, Golden Gate University
19921994 Instructor, Tamalpais Adult/Community Education
19911992 Adjunct Instructor, New College of California
19891991 Assistant Professor, Ashland University ‐ Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, 2016
  • Quarter-finalist, Cold Pastoral, Codhill Press Poetry Award, 2016
  • Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2015
  • Spring Sabbatical leave, Dominican University of CA, 2015
  • Book Contest Finalist, Transgressions, Marsh Hawk Press, 2015
  • Semi-finalist, River Styx International Poetry Contest, 2015
  • Book Contest Semi-finalist, Transgressions, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, 2014
  • Book Contest Semi-finalist, Transgressions, Brittingham/Felix Pollac Prize, 2014
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dominican University of California, 2012
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dominican University of California, 2008
  • Marin Arts Council Grant in Poetry, 2001
  • Finalist, World-Fest Screenwriting Competition, 1997
  • Semi-finalist, The Bluestem Award, 1994
  • Finalist, The Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, 1994
  • Finalist, Eve of St. Agnes Award, 1993
  • Finalist, Anhinga Press First Book Award, 1991
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship in Poetry, 1988
  • Honorable Mention, Academy of American Poets, 1986, 1983, and 1980
  • First Prize, Academy of American Poets, 1982
  • Nancy Thorpe Poetry Prize, Hollins College, 1980
  • Hollins College Literary Festival Prize in Fiction, 1980
  • Mary Williamson Award for the Best Essay in the Humanities, Hollins, 1980
  • Academic Citation in English, Hollins, 1980
  • Departmental Honors in English, Hollins, 1980
  • Fayhe Ivanhoe Award in Poetry, Hollins, 1979
  • Fayhe Ivanhoe Award in Fiction, Hollins, 1977
  • Fred and June MacMurray Foundation, $14,000 for “The Time We Have,” documentary finishing funds, July 2015
  • Sabbatical leave from Dominican University of CA, for poetry writing, spring 2015
  • Strategic Initiative Grant, Dominican University of California, $7868 to underwrite The Healing Art of Writing conference, 2012
  • Strategic Initiative Grant, Dominican University of California, $848 to support students presenting conference papers
  • STRAP grant, 6 units of release time, Dominican University of California, to work on a video documentary, “The Time We Have: The Caitlin Dolaghan Story,” Spring 2009
  • Professional Development Grants, Dominican University of California, 2009-2015


19841992 Ph.D., Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway ‐ English
June 1985August 1985 La Scuola Italiana, Middlebury College
19811983 M.A., State University of New York, Binghamton ‐ English
19761980 B.A., cum laude, Hollins College ‐ English

Contact Information

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901


Books (2)

Anthologies Edited (4)

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Poetry (2)

For a more complete listing of Joan Baranow's poetry and poetry readings, please see her CV.

Articles (1)

Film Projects (2)

Interviews (5)

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