Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. As a performer she has been featured at the Smithsonian, and at fairs, festivals and schools up and down the East Coast. She’s a journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. Her novels feature strong Italian-American women. Joan’s poems and picture books celebrate food and family.Her poetry and essays appear in Gnarled Oak, Red Wolf, A Quiet Courage, the A-3 Review, Hobart Literary Review, Silver Birch, Postcard Poems and Prose among others, www.joanleotta.wordpress.com, and Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer on Facebook. When she is not chained to her computer you can find her walking the beach or at the stove recreating the Italian meals of her youth. Her first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, was released in January 2017 from Finishing Line.