Joan Cusack Handler

Founder and publisher of CavanKerry Press Ltd, Handler is a poet and memoirist, editor, creative writing teacher, and psychologist in clinical practice. Her work has appeared in The Boston Review, The New York Times, Poetry East, Seattle Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among others, and has received awards from The Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. Her first poetry collection is Glorious and the second, The Red Canoe: Love in Its Making, a verse memoir, which explores the anatomy of a marriage. Her first prose book, Confessions of Joan the Tall, released in November 2012, is a memoir written in the voice of her 11-year-old self—a very tall, Irish Catholic girl living in the Bronx in the 1950s. Her fourth book, Orphans, a verse memoir, due this March, explores two of our most primitive and essential—those with our parents—our aging parents—particularly the intense ambivalence that stems from a reversal of roles, the eruption of unresolved conflicts that persist from childhood, and the truth of their impending death as well as our own. In her other lives, she is a psychologist in clinical practice, is married, and has one son.