Founder of CavanKerry Press Ltd, Joan Cusack Handler is a poet and prose writer, editor, creative writing teacher and psychologist in clinical practice. Her poems have appeared in The Boston Review, The New York Times, Poetry East, Seattle Review, and Southern Humanities Review and has received awards from The Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. Her first poetry collection, GlOrious, debuted in 2003 and its CD followed in 2007. Her second book of poems, The Red Canoe: Love in Its Making, explores the anatomy of a marriage and appeared in October, 2008. Her essay, “Poetry and the Psyche: The Threat of Making Art—One Writer’s Journey,” appeared in The Tampa Review. She is the editor of two pivotal collections for CavanKerry: The Breath of Parted Lips I: Voices from the Robert Frost Place and The Waiting Room Reader I : Stories to Keep You Company. Her first prose book, Confessions of Joan the Tall, was released in November, 2012 and is a memoir written in the voice of her 11-year-old self—a very tall, Irish Catholic girl living in the Bronx in the 1950s. Handler has taught widely in both creative writing and psychology
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