Joan Dempsey is a graduate of both the MFA in Creative Writing and the Post-Graduate Certificate for the Teaching of Creative Writing Programs at Antioch University Los Angeles, and in January she was awarded a significant research grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to work on Prelude, A Novel. Her work has been published in The Adirondack Review, Alligator Juniper, Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora, and The Citron Review and has been aired on National Public Radio. In 2008 she was awarded a Maine Literary Award for best unpublished short fiction.
Her first novel - Vigilant - was a finalist in both the 2013 Columbus Creative Cooperative Great Novel Contest and the 2012 Unboxed Books Prize in Fiction.
For her short fiction she has been a finalist in the following competitions: the 2011 Maine Literary Award for Short Fiction; Orlando Nonfiction Prize, A Room of Her Own Foundation; the Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction; the Alligator Juniper Fiction Contest; 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.
Joan is the recipient of a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and scholarships from the Key West Literary Seminars and from Antioch University. She lives in New Gloucester, Maine, where she is currently at work on Prelude, her second novel.
Awards & Recognitions
- Elizabeth George Foundation Grant
- New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Grant
- Scholarship from the Key West Literary Seminars
- The Eloise Klein Healey Scholarship