Joan Leotta has been playing with words through writing and performing since childhood. Her “motto” is “encouraging words through pen and performance.” Her award-winning poetry, short stories, books and articles have appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers. Joan recently completed a month as one of Tupleo Press’ 30/30 poets. She has work forthcoming in Knox Literary Magazine, and Eastern Iowa Review. She performs folklore and one-woman shows on historic figures. Joan lives in Calabash, NC with husband Joe. You can learn more about her work and reach her through http://www.joanleotta.wordpress.com or like her on Facebook.