Joanne Furio is a writer and teacher of nonfiction in all its forms, from memoir to essays, feature writing and composition.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joanne is essayist-observer drawn to the topics of relationships, place and culture. Her essays and interviews have appeared in Believer, The Evening Street Review, Bay Area Generations, The East Hampton Star, Mary: a Journal of New Writing, The Cumberland River Review and on Catapult, Juked, Panoply and the Brevity blog. Most recently, she has been a contributing writer at Berkeleyside, where she covers books and writes feature stories, profiles and author interviews.
An award-winning print journalist, she has worked in every capacity in that field, from staff writer and editor to freelancer and contributor. For many years she wrote for The New York Times and was a contributing writer at San Francisco for a decade, covering style, culture and design. She has written about Inuit women for Marie Claire, “gallery bums” for New York, an amateur go-go night for The Village Voice and stalking for Ms. More recently she has chronicled the rise of online fashion and how tech companies are teaming up with Lighthouse for the Blind to create groundbreaking products and apps.