Joan Joffe Hall learned to read at her kitchen table in New York City at age four while her mother's back was turned, and the next year taught the boy downstairs how to read. After further education at Vassar and Stanford, she taught for forty years, mostly at the University of Connecticut, where she had a joint appointment in English and Women's Studies, teaching literature, film, and creative writing. Joan Joffe Hall has published many collections of poetry and prose, including The Rift Zone (finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize) and Alice James's Romance & Capitalism at the Movies(nominated for a Pulitzer Prize). Her work has appeared widely in journals including The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Minnesota Quarterly. She has just published In Angled Light: Selected Poems (Antrim House). She is married to the writer David Morse and lives in Storrs, Connecticut.