Never having formally studied English or creative writing past high school, Joanna Lee instead focused on the sciences, earning her MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 2007 and a further Master’s Degree in Applied Science (neuroscience) from the College of William and Mary in 2010; her writing life focuses particularly on the overlap of creativity and healing.


Joanna’s poetry has been published in a number of online and print journals, and has been nominated for both Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. A leading force behind Richmond’s River City Poets, Joanna teaches workshops and makes possible a wide range of literary happenings from Shockoe Slip to South of the James. She lives in Richmond’s Northside with her husband John and their cat Max.