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Joanna SmithRakoff

journalist , poet

Joanna SmithRakoff, American journalist, poet. Named Fellow, New York Mills Cultural Center, 2001, Schola, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, MIddlebury, Vermont, 2001, MacDowell Colony fellow, McDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 2003. Member of Author's Guild.


SmithRakoff, Joanna was born on September 6, 1972 in Suffern, New York, United States. Daughter of Stanley Elmer and Phyllis Myrna Rakoff.


Bachelor English, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1994. Master of Arts English, University London, England, 1995. Master of Computer Applications Writing, Columbia University, New York City, 1999.


Books editor About.com, New York City, 1999—2000. Books columnist Snout, 2000—2002. Web editor Lingua Franca, 2001.

Books editor Hees, 2002—2003, nextbook.026, New York City, 2004. Freelance writer NYTimes, LATimes...., since 2000.


  • Contributor articles to Magazines and Newspapers, poetry to reviews and literary magazines.


Member of Author's Guild.


Married Evan Dalton Smith, October 3, 1998. 1 child Colemane Dalton.