Joan F. Smith
Joan F. Smith lives with her family in Massachusetts. She received her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and has written articles for The Washington Post and Thought Catalog on destigmatizing discussions around mental health and suicide prevention. Joan works in higher education and is a dance instructor. The Half-Orphan's Handbook is her debut novel.
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Joan answered the best friend.
Other Fun Facts
- I'm a choreographer/dance teacher! I teach jazz, contemporary and hip hop to all ages, plus ballet and tap to elementary school kids.
- I skipped a grade (half of kindergarten/half of first).
- I have a café au lait birthmark that covers approximately 15% of my body.
- When I was seventeen, I danced in the Probowl Halftime Show in Hawaii.
- I have 23 "direct" aunts and uncles, NOT including their spouses/partners. (My dad was one of 15, and my mom is one of 10.) I have an unlimited number of first cousins (75+.)