Based in the San Francsico Bay Area, Joanne’s a veteran print journalist who writes about style, culture, travel and design. Profiles are a specialty and have recently included New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast for The Believer and vertical gardening guru Patrick Blanc and Restoration Hardware’s Gary Friedman, both for San Francisco, where she is a contributing writer. Over the years she’s also sat down with the pioneering Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison, New York art collector and philanthropist Ronald Lauder, arts educator Susan Weber Soros, industrial designer Scott Henderson and followed a bucket-drumming street performer into the streets of New York for Spin.
As far as features go, she’s followed her far-ranging interests: chronicling so-called “gallery bums” for New York magazine, Inuit women for Marie Claire, an amateur go-go night for The Village Voice, stalking for Ms. and, more recently, the booming natural skincare industry and online fashion companies for San Francisco.
Her reviews and personal essays have been published on Mary, an Online Journal of New Writing, and in New York Newsday and the East Hampton Star.
A gardener with an interest in sustainability, Joanne has also written about water-conserving techniques and gardens in publications such as Architect’s Newspaper and Landscape Architecture. Other design writing has appeared in Dwell, The New York Times, the German design magazine FORM, Industrial Design, Luxe and Metropolis.com.
For almost a decade, she was a regular contributor to The New York Times, where she wrote about traveling in communist Czechoslovakia and reported on the personalities, trends and controversies of the Hamptons.